• Approximately one third of the food we eat is the result of honey bee pollination.

  • In their 6-8-week lifespan, a worker bee will fly the equivalent distance of 1 ½ times the circumference of the earth.

  • A productive queen can lay up to 2,500 eggs per day.

  • Bees are attracted by caffeine.

  • The perfect hexagons that form honeycomb hold the most amount of honey with the smallest amount of material (wax).

  • During a single collection trip, a honey bee will visit anywhere from 50 to 100 flowers.

  • There are three types of bees in every hive: a queen, worker bees, and drones.

  • Only drones are males.

  • Honey is the only known source of the antioxidant pinocembrin.

  • On average, Americans consume 1.31 pounds of honey every year.

  • There are estimated to be nearly 212,000 beekeepers in the United States.

  • Honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar.

  • Honey is the only foodstuff that contains all the necessary nutrients to sustain life.

  • A single hive can produce anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds of honey every year.

  • Beeswax is found in many of our everyday products, including furniture polishes, cosmetics, and medicines.

  • The darker the honey, the greater amount of antioxidant properties it has.

  • For every pound of honey produced, a hive must collect 10 pounds of pollen.

  • The European honey bee was brought over to North America by the Shakers.

  • Every bee colony has its own distinct scent so that members can identify each other.

  • Hives produce 5 distinct substances: honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly.

  • Only female bees have stingers.

  • The females do all the work in the hive. The drones’ only job is to mate with a queen.

  • Honey has antibacterial properties and can be used as a dressing for wounds.

  • Ever wonder why a beekeeper’s suit is always white? It’s because bees react strongly to dark colors!

  • Bees use the sun as a compass, and on cloudy days, use polarized light to find their way.

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