Fabulous Facts About Honey Bees
It’s honey bee season and we need to educate ourselves about their importance.
1. Honey bees have been around for millions of years.
2. Honey bees are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.
3. It is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.
4. Honey is the only food that has Pinocembrin antioxidant , which includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water, it is also associated with improved brain functioning.
5. The average bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
6. A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth to collect 1 kg of honey.
7. It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
8. A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. All worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work. The queen bee lives up to about 5 years and it’s role is laying the eggs that will spawn the hive’s next generation of bees. When the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, she lays up to 2500 eggs per day. The queen bee has control over whether she lays male or female eggs. If she uses stored sperm to fertilize the egg, the larva that hatches is female. If the egg is left unfertilized, the larva that hatches is male.
9. Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (drones), have no stinger and do no work at all. All they do is mate. Female honeybees usually force surviving males out of the nest in winter.
10. Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but they don’t leave the hive.
11. Honey is one of the purest natural foods with antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
12. Honey bees pollinate the flowers of 1/3 of all fruits and vegetables, Indirectly, honey bees pollinate 70% of the food crops, through seed production, etc.