Facts About Bees

Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for 10 to 20 million years.

A Cornell University study concluded that the direct value of honeybee pollination to U.S. agriculture annually is $14.6 billion.

A normal hive comprises of about 25,000 bees in the winter and 65,000 in the summer. Honey is made from nectar.

Each hive may have 60 -100 lbs of surplus honey in a season.

It's important to leave about 60 lbs of honey in the hive for over-wintering food.

It takes 1 lb of nectar to produce 1 tsp of honey.

The U.S. consumes about 400 million pounds of honey per year.

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Pollen is collected to feed to the brood. (Bees in the larva & pupae stage).

Each hive will collect about 60lbs of pollen per year.

Pollen is one of the richest purest foods known to us.

A queen bee may live up to 5 years.

A worker bee is an unmated female.

A worker bee lives about 5 to 6 weeks in the summer and 4 or 5 months in the winter.

An average summer hive will have one queen bee, less than 1000 male drone bees and 59,000 worker bees.

Honeybees tap 2,000,000 flowers to make one pound of honey.

An average worker honeybee makes 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

A honeybee flies at approximately 15 miles per hour.

North American Natives sometimes called honeybees “white man’s flies” because colonists brought them to North America.

Honeybees are native to Asia, Europe and Africa.

In 1622 the first known bee colonies in N. America were shipped to Virginia.

Mead is wine made from honey and herbs.

Newly wed couples drank mead for the month following their marriage to ensure the birth of a healthy boy baby. Hence the term “honeymoon”.

Honeybees communicate to one another, the location of nectar and pollen, by “dancing” an intricate waggle pattern, explaining distance and direction.

Bee sting therapy or apitherapy is often effective for alleiviating illness in the following areas: Neurological, Rheumatologic, Dermatological, Immunologic, Cardiac and Circulatory, Broncho-Pulmonary disease, Psychological, Endocrine and Sensory.

Honey contains wonderful natural healing properties as it has anti bacterial, antifungal, and antibiotic agents and stimulates healing of all tissue types. It can be used topically under a dressing and is especially healing for burns.