Postcards from Paradise
The Bee Saga Continues
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.
~ Isaac Watts~
Fun Facts about Honey Bees, Hives and Honey
brought to you by the Utah County Beekeepers Association, www.utahcountybeekeepers.com
- There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker and Drone.
- The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.
- Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
- A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.
- Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
- Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.
- To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 300 bees.
- A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
- A single honey bee will visit 50-100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive.
- A honeycomb cell has six sides.
- Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them.
- Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
- Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans.
- Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
- A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year
- Honeybees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
- Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting.
- Honey never spoils.
- It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee's flight around the world.
- Honeybees are responsible for approx 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.
- Honeybees never sleep!
- Flowers and other blossoming plants have nectarines that produce sugary nectar. Worker bees suck up the nectar and water and store it in a special honey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and puts the nectar in an empty honeycomb. Natural chemicals from the bee's head glands and the evaporation of the water from the nectar change the nectar into honey.
- Honeybees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front. They also have hair on their eyes!
- Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents)
- Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey.
- Although Utah enjoys the title "The Beehive State," the top honey-producing states include California, Florida, and South Dakota.
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