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Honeybees:

  • Honeybees never sleep.
  • Bees are not fast fliers; while their wings beat over 11,000 cycles per minute, their flight speed averages only 15 miles per hour.
  • In one day a queen can lay her weight in eggs. She will lay one egg per minute, day and night, for a total of 1,500 eggs over a 24-hour period and 200,000 eggs in a year. Should she stop her frantic egg-laying pace, her workers will move a recently laid egg into a queen cell to produce her replacement.
  • Worker bees progress from egg to adulthood through larva and pupa stages in 21 days. Their life span in the summer is approximately six weeks. The are so industrious that they literally work themselves to death.
  • Each worker bees performs numerous tasks. They tend to the queen's needs, perform hive cleaning, feed the brood, forage outside of the hive for food stores, ventilate the hive, build and maintain comb and perform guard duty to protect the hive from intruders.

Honey Production:

  • Honey bees fly 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey.
  • Honey bees tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  • A honey bee makes 1/12th teaspoon of honey during its life.
  • In a single collecting trip, a worker will visit between 50 and 100 flowers. She will return to the hive carrying over half her weight in pollen and nectar.
  • A productive hive can make and store up to two pounds of honey a day.

Hives:

  • A hive can have 50,000 to 60,000 bees during the summer.
  • Bees use water stored throughout the hive to provide evaporative cooling during the summer.
  • Bees cluster during the winter months to keep warm. If needed, heat is produced by the bees shivering their wing muscles.
  • Movable frames are used by the beekeeper to provide a place for the bees to build comb. Each frame will accommodate approximately 7,000 cells. The bees use the cells for storing nectar, pollen, water and their brood. Frames are removed from the hive so that honey can be removed by centrifugal force of extracting equipment.

Pollination:

While foraging for nectar and pollen, bees inadvertently transfer pollen from the male to the female components of flowers. Each year, bees pollinate 95 crops worth an estimated $10 billion in the U.S. alone. All told, insect pollinators contribute to one-third of the world's diet.