Fifteen Fun Facts about Bees and Honey
1. Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
2. To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 300 bees.
3. Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
4. A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year.
5. Honeybees never sleep!
6. Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey.
7. Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.
8. A honeybee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour.
9. Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
10. Honeybees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front. They also have hair on their eyes!
11. Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).
12. Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them.
13. A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
14. Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut's tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
15. A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.