Honeybees

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Honeybees

  • In the course of her lifetime a worker bee will produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.

 

  • To make one pound of honey, workers in a hive fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers.

 

  • In a single trip, a worker bee will visit between 50 and 100 flowers. She  carries over half her weight in pollen and nectar.

 

  • A productive hive can make and store up to two pounds of honey a day.

  • A beehive consists of between 60,000 and 80,000 bees in the summer.

  • By self-regulating the internal temperature of the cluster, bees maintain 93 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the cluster during the winter.

 

  • 7-8 pounds of honey are consumed by the bees in order to produce one pound of beeswax.

  • Each year bees pollinate 95 crops worth an estimated $10 billion in the U.S. alone. Insect pollinators contribute to one-third of the world’s diet.

  • Although there are about 10,000 different kinds of bees living in North America only the honey bee (Apis mellifera) produces honey.

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    • In the peak summer months a worker bee literally works herself to death visiting flowers and transporting the precious cargo back to the hive. During this frenzied time of activity in preparation for the coming winter, a worker bee only lives approximately 35 days. At the end of her days, her wings become so frayed that her usefulness is over and she is rejected by the colony.

 

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