Honey and Bee Facts

  • Honey is the only natural food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water
  • One worker bee produces enough honey in a day to fill the head of a pin
  • The honey stomach holds almost 70 mg of nectar and when full, it weighs almost as much as the bee!
  • Honeybees must visit between 100 and 1500 flowers in order to fill their honey stomachs.
  • One Tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories
  • A young, mated queen lays anywhere from 1000 – 2500 eggs per day, and about 1 million eggs in her lifetime
  • The ratio of worker bees to drones in a hive is approximately 100:1. Although, when food is scarce, drones will be ejected from the hive and there are times in the year when there will be no drones present.
  • The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly as fast as 25 kms per hour.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • Honey bees have five eyes. They have two large eyes on the sides of their heads and three additional (simpler) eyes in the center of their heads to assist with flight navigation.
  • Bees cannot see the same spectrum of colours as humans and it is thought that they cannot distinguish red at all and see it as black. They can, however, see ultraviolet light and use this to guide them to the center of flowers
  • Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years
  • A single (full depth) frame has 2,500 cells on each side (5,000 total)
  • A strong colony will consume 125kg of honey and 32kgs pollen per year
  • In one day, up to 1000 worker bees will die (from old age)
  • 1kg of honey = 150,000 flights or 1,000 000 flowers visited

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