Interesting Honeybee Facts




How many blossoms must be visited for honey bees to produce 1 pound of honey? 2 million.
What’s so special about honey? Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water.


Where do bees go in the winter? During winter, honey bees feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.
How do bees know where the flowers are? Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing. More on their awesome sense of time, communication of distance and direction in “The Waggle Dance”.


How many bees are in a typical beehive? In the summer, about 40,000 to 60,000.
What distance do honey bees fly from a hive as they gather nectar and pollen? Typically, about 2-3 miles per flight.
How long do worker bees live? 6 weeks in the summer; several months
in the winter.
How much honey would be required to power a honey bee’s flight 25,000 miles around the world? 2 tablespoons.
Is honey the most valuable contribution of honey bees? No!  Honey bee pollination is very  important  in production of half of our food supply.
What hive product has sufficient antibacterial properties as to be useful in the treatment of wounds? Honey.
How many miles does a typical honey bee fly in its lifetime? 500.
How many eggs does a queen bee lay per day? About 1500.
What makes a bee buzz? · Honey bees’ wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.


What kinds of bees are in the hive? · There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker and Drone.


Where does honeycomb come from? The worker bees produce honeycomb  through the consumption of honey produced from the collected flower nectar. To produce one pound of beeswax, six to eight pounds of honey are ingested.


How do bees know their own hive? Each honey bee colony has a unique odor for members’ identification.


Do all bees sting? 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 to help defend it.