Fast Facts

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What's the Buzz About?

  

1. Up to 1/3 of our food supply is dependent on pollination by bees!


2. A honeybee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a nectar collection trip.


3. When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows the other bees where the nectar source is by doing a dance known as the “waggle dance.”


4. A honeybee can fly as fast as 15 miles per hour.


5. A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. Worker honeybees are female and do all the work.


6. The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She lays up to 2500 eggs per day in the summer.


7. Larger than the worker bees, the male honeybees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work. All they do is mate.


8. The honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.


9. The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.


10.Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals. It’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.