Bee Facts


  • Nectar a sweet watery substance that the bees gather. After they process the nectar in their stomach they regurgitate it into the honeycomb cells. Then they fan with their wings to remove excess moisture. The final result is honey.
  • Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that humans can eat.
  • Honey has natural preservatives and bacteria can’t grow in it.
  • Honey was found in the tombs in Egypt and it was still edible! Bees have been here around 30 million years.
  • A honeybee can fly 24 km in an hour at a speed of 15 mph. Its wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats per minute.
  • Bees carry pollen on their hind legs called a pollen basket.Pollen is a source of protein for the hive and is needed to feed to the baby bees to help them grow.
  • A beehive in summer can have as many as 50,000 to 80,000 bees. A bee must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. It requires 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey. Bees fly more than once around the world to gather a pound of honey.
  • The average worker bee makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Every 3rd mouthful of food is produced by beespollinating  Flowering plants rely on bees for pollination so that they can produce fruit and seeds. Without bees pollinating these plants, there would not be very many fruits or vegetables to eat.
  • A single beehive can make more than 100 pounds (45 kg) of extra honey. The beekeeper only harvests the extra honey made by the bees.
  • The average life of a honey bee during the working season is about three to six weeks.
  • Beeswax is produced by the bees. Bees have special glands on their stomach that secrete the wax into little wax pockets on their stomach. The bee takes the wax and chews it with her mandibles and shapes it to make honeycomb.
  • Honey comes in different colors and flavors. The flower where the nectar was gathered from determines the flavor and color of the honey.

Retrieved from the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association

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