Honey Bee Trivia
Honey Bee Trivia
Did you know that a honey bee can fly around 15 mph?
Bees fly 55,000 miles to bring us 1 pound of honey.
During her life (approximately 40 days) a honey bee will gather about 1/12 teaspoon of honey.
Bees must go to two million flowers to gather l pound of honey.
Bees can see the same colors we see except red. They can also see ultraviolet.
Bees stroke their wings 11,400 per minute.
It takes approximately 3,500 bees to weigh 1 pound.
Honey bees that collect nectar from flowers are called foragers and visit 50-100 flowers on one flight.
The bees gather 10 pounds of nectar to make 1 pound of honey.
A foraging honey bee can carry 80% of their weight in pollen or nectar.
Honey bees make up 80% of all pollinators.
Honey bees use several dances in the hive to communicate the location of nectar and water to other bees. One well known dance is called the waggle dance.
Honey bee pollination has a agricultural value of 15 billion dollars a year in the US.
The queen honey bee lays between 1,000-3,000 eggs per day.
There is only 1 queen per colony. More than one queen will fight and only one will survive.
A queen mates with nearly 20 drones and only mates once in her lifetime.
The drone (the male honey bee) does not have a stinger.
Beeswax begins to melt at 148 degrees.
Beeswax is produced from the wax glands in honey bees.
Propolis is made from sticky plant and tree resin and is used by the bees as a glue and an antibacterial substance in the hive. Read more about propolis...
A honey bee lives approximately 40 days in the summer and 4-9 months in the winter.
WARNING: There is a push to make beekeeping appear practically hands free. New beekeepers are failing to implement best management practices. I want to be your mentor. I am currently accepting positions to mentor a limited number of beekeepers. You'll have access to my personal cell phone and private email. And you can send me videos or pictures of your hive when it just doesn't seem right or you don't know what's going on. You'll also receive 4 new instructional videos from me and a weekly tip of what you should be doing. Click here to see if spots are still available.
If you'd like to get started in beekeeping read more...
(Send us more honey bee trivia to add to our list.)
See what waits you as you become a beekeeper. We offer free online beekeeping lessons, video, podcasts, beekeeping supplies and bees and queens.