An extraordinary gift of nature
brought to you by the bees
Honey bees fly up to three miles from their hives to collect nectar and pollen. It would take about eight honey bee stings for each pound you weigh to kill you. Male bees have no stinger and only one job; to mate with the queen. After they do their job they die.
A honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour. The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. A hive of bees will fly 40,000 miles, more than once around the earth, to collect 1 pound of honey.
It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world. A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
Only worker bee’s sting and only if they feel threatened. They die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but they don’t leave the hive to help defend it. 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. The queen bee can live up to 5 years and lays up to 3,000 eggs a day during the summer months.