Fun Facts About Honey Bees & Honey
- 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
- Honey bees have five eyes
- Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years
- A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
- Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut's tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
- A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.
- Drones have no stinger. They do no real work. Their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens.
- The area now comprising Israel and the Palestine autonomous region is often referred to as "the land of milk and honey." (Exodus 3:8)
- German peasants were required to give their feudal lords a payment of honey and beeswax.
- Europeans brought the European Honeybee to America in 1638. The Native Americans referred to the honeybee as the "White Man's Flies," because wild swarms always preceded the arrival of the white man.
- Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb. of honey.
- Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb. of honey.
- On average a worker bee will make 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
- Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.
- Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.
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