Amazing Facts About Honey Bees You May Not Have Known

These are some amazing facts about honey bees. Some of them you may have already known, but there may be some that you don't know. One thing is for certain: Honey Bees are Mother Nature's greatest creation!

  • The earliest known fossil bee was found in a chunk of amber that dated from between 74 - 94 million years ago.
  • Bees have a total of 5 eyes: one compound eye on each side of their head, and 3 simple eyes on the top of their head.
  • All bees have 2 pairs of wings.
  • Honey bees can fly up to 15 mph.
  • Honey bees wings will stroke 11,400 times per minute, which is what makes their distinctive buzzing sound.

Honey bee waggle dance to communicate to others

  • Honey bees communicate with each other by pheromones and by dancing. A bee will perform a waggle dance to tell other bees where there is a food source.
  • Honey bees are the only bees that will die after they sting. Female worker bees are the only ones that will sting you, and they will only sting when they feel threatened.
  • Bee stings can help relieve pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Honey

  • Honey will never spoil, but it will granulate. You can eat it when it is granulated, or you can re-liquefy it by heating it slowly over hot water.

Strong Honey Bee Colony

  • A strong bee hive can contain 50,000 to 60,000 bees during late spring/early summer.
  • Bees will maintain an internal temperature in their hive of 92°F to 93°F, regardless of the temperature outside.
  • A honey bee's brain is only about the size of a sesame seed, but bees have the amazing ability to learn and remember. They are able to make complex calculations about the distance they have traveled, and they are able to communicate it to other bees to relay information about food sources. They can also memorize land marks around their hive area and are able to use this information to find their way back to their hive.
  • Each honey bee colony has it's own unique odor that is released from the queen bee, and this odor is used to identify other members of the hive. If bees from another hive come around, they will be identified by their different smell.

Pure Beeswax Melting Cubes

  • The bees must eat honey in order for their bodies to produce beeswax. This wax is produced by special glands on the underside of the bees abdomens, and the hive must consume 6-8 pounds of honey just to produce 1 pound of beeswax, which is used to cap honey and to repair the cells of the honeycomb.

Honey bee pollinating flowers

  • Bees have special sacs on their back legs for carrying pollen back to the hive.
  • Honey bees are responsible for pollinating about 80% of all fruit, vegetables and seed crops in the United States.

Pollinating bee

  • A honey bee will visit between 50 - 100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive.
  • Bees have a very keen sense of smell - they can differentiate between hundreds of different flowers and they can also verify if a flower will be a source of pollen or a source of nectar from several feet away.
  • Bees have 2 separate stomachs - one for food and another special one for nectar.

Capped Frame Of Honey

  • A strong, healthy colony can make 250 pounds or more of honey during a good year!
  • Eating honey can actually improve your memory - honey contains pinocembrin, which is an antioxidant that improves brain function.

Bees on honeycomb

  • Honey bees are the only insect that produces food for humans.
  • Honey speeds the healing process, and the natural enzymes in honey helps fight infection.

Varieties of honey

  • Honey will taste differently depending on the time of year and what flowers the bees visited to make the honey.
  • Being a beekeeper is a very enjoyable business that has many rewards. There is always so much to learn from just watching the bees that you can spend hours with them and still learn something new every time!

From all of us here at Lappe's Bee Supply and Honey Farm LLC,

Happy Beekeeping from Lappe's Bee Supply!

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