bee colony can produce more than 100 pounds of extra honey and
this is what is harvested by the beekeeper.
one colony of honey bees (around 30,000 bees) to pollinate an
acre of fruit trees.
Pollination success increases if there are more honey bees
present at the time of peak flowering.
of honey bees in early spring has 10,000-15,000 bees.
of honey bees in summer has 50-60,000 bees.
bee flies up to 15 mph and its wings beat 200 times per second
or 12,000 beats / minute.
colony of honey bees contains only one QUEEN who may lay
2,000 eggs per day during her
be 60,000 or more WORKER bees (undeveloped females )
who do all the work. There will
also be several hundred DRONES (Male bees).
bee gathers in her entire life 1/10 tsp of honey.
requires 10000 worker bees to gather a pound of honey.
the equivalent of more than twice around the world to gather a
pound of honey.
average life of a honey bee during the working season is about
gathered by the bee contains about 70% water (Honey is about
remove the excess moisture from nectar by rapidly fanning their
wings over the open cells
in the hive.
varies in color from white through golden to dark brown and
usually the darker the
color the stronger the flavor.
of bees pollinating fruits, vegetables and legumes is 10 times
the value of honey
produced. Natural pollinators are disappearing rapidly and each
year we become more dependent on honey bees for many of our
one of the safest food - most harmful bacteria cannot live in
honey for any length of
Q. How many bees in a hive?
A. 50,000 or more
Q. How many flowers must a bee
tap to make one pound of honey?
A. Two million
Q. How far does a hive of bees
fly to bring you one pound of honey?
A. Over 55,000 miles
Q. How much honey does the worker
bee make in her lifetime?
A. 1/10 teaspoon
Q. How fast does a honeybee fly?
A. 15 mph
Q. What is the name given to wine
made with fermented honey?
Q. How long have bees been
producing honey from flowering plants?
A. About 10-20 million years
Q. What Scotch liqueur is made
Q. How many wings does a bee
Q. How many eyes does a bee have?
Two with compound lens, and three light sensors
on top of her head.
Q. How many sides does each
honeycomb cell have?
Q. How many flowers does a honey
bee visit during one collection trip?
Q. How do honeybees communicate
with each other?
A. By dancing. Honeybees do a dance which alerts other bees
where nectar and pollen is located. The dance explains direction and distance.