- Bees have been here around 30 million years.
- An Average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees.
- It takes nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
- The average bee makes about 1/12 th of a teaspoon of honey in there lifetime.
- Average Bee lifespan in the wild: Up to 5 years.
- Bees have 5 eyes.
- Bees fly about 20 mph.
- Bees are insects, so they have 6 legs.
- Male bees in the hive are called drones.
- Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees.
- Losing its stinger will cause a bee to die.
- Bees carry pollen on their hind legs called a pollen basket or corbicula.
- Average per capita honey consumption in the US is 1.3 pounds.
- Bees have 2 pairs of wings.
- The principal form of communication among honey bees is through chemicals called pheromones.
- Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including
fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually
to improved crop yield and quality.
- Bees Average lifespan in the wild: Up to 5 years.
- Bees Group name: Colony or Swarm.
- Color, Flavor And Form: Honey flavor and color depends on the blossoms that the bees visit. Honey
forms include liquid (extracted from the comb), whipped (finely crystallized) and comb (comes as
it was produced).
- Storing Honey: store at room temperature. Restore crystallized honey to liquid by placing into warm water
or microwave with lid off, stir frequently and do not boil or scorch the honey.
- Cooking with honey: substitute granulated honey with up yo half of the sugar required. If used for baking:
reduce liquid by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey; add 1/2 teaspone baking soda for each cup of honey;
reduce oven temperatureby 25 degrees F. to prevent over browning.
- Tip: A 12 oz. jar equals 1 standard measuring cup.
- Tip: Coat the measuring cup with cooking spray or cooking oil, the honey will slide out easily.
- Honey is an antomicrobial agent: use for burns, scrapes, infections and sore throats.
- There are between 139,600 and 212,000 beekeepers in the USA: 95% are hobbyists (less than 25 hives);
4% are parttimers (25 to 299) hives; there are over 1600 commercial (over 300 hives)beekeepers in the USA.
- Hobbyists and part-timers account for about 50% of the colonies and produce approximately 40% of the honey.
- In 2005 there were over 2.41 million bee colonies producing honey.From 2001-2005 honey production averaged 180 million pounds per year.
- The US consumes more than 400 million pounds of honey per year with per capita consumption of 1.29 pounds per year
- Approximately 2.5 million colonies are rented for pollination with a crop value over 5.7 Billion dollars
- USDA estimates that 80% of insect crop pollination is accomplished by honey bees and approximately 1/3 of the total
human diet is derived directly or indirectly from insect pollinated plants.
- The almond crop is entirely dependent on bee pollination and apples, avocados, blueberries, cherries, cranberries
and sunflowers are 90% dependent on bees. Approximately 220,000 colonies are used fo pollination of alpha
fields for seed production.