Interesting facts about honey bees

    Honey bees are some of the most fascinating creatures around. Here are some really interesting facts about bees and the honey they produce; some of them you may already know, but some of them you may not know!

  • Honey bees wings stroke 11,400 times per minute
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produces food for man
  • A honey bee can fly up to 15 MPH
  • Honey is the only food that contains all of the substances needed to sustain life, including enzymes, water, vitamins and minerals
  • To make 1 pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 MILLION flowers
  • Typical strong bee hives can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year
  • The queen bee can lay up to 1500 eggs each day during her short 3 - 4 year life span. She does not take care of herself - she is constantly fed & groomed by worker bees
  • Honey bees have 5 eyes - the 2 big ones in front and 3 smaller eyes on the top of their heads
  • Out of 20,000 species of bees, there are only 4 that make honey
  • Honey bees will travel up to 5 miles away from their hive, and no matter what direction they go, they are able to find their way back
  • Honey bees are the only bees that will die after they sting
  • Honey will fight infections and will speed up the healing process - if you have a cut or a scrape, smear a little bit of honey on it
  • Honey will never spoil - it will granulate into solid form, but you can heat it slowly to turn it back into liquid (view our degranulation page)
  • Each colony of honey bees smells different due to the queens pheromones - bees can recognize other bees from their own hive because of this scent - they can also recognize bees that aren't supposed to be in their hive, because they will smell differently
  • Honey bees are responsible for pollinating about 80% of all the fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the United States
  • Raw honey contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals that are not lost due to filtering & processing
  • Beekeeping dates back at least 4500 years
  • Male bees (drones) can not sting - they do not have stingers
  • A typical honey bee colony may have around 50,000 workers
  • There is fossil evidence of honey bees that dates back to 150 million years ago
  • Honey is used in beauty treatments because of its moisturizing and antiseptic qualities


This is Kimberley Lappe from Lappe's Bee Supply -

Good Luck & Happy Beekeeping!