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Bee Facts

  • A single honey bee colony can produce more than 100 pounds (45 kg) of extra honey and this is what is harvested by the beekeeper.

  • A colony of honey bees in early spring has 20,000-40,000 bees.

  • A colony of honey bees in summer has 80-100,000 bees.

  • A worker bee gathers in her entire life 0.8 gram (0.0288 ounce) of honey.

  • The majority of the hive is worker bees (female) with a few drones(male).

  • A honey bee flies up to 24 km /hr or 15 mph and its wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats / minute.

  • Royal Jelly is fed to a worker egg to produce a queen bee. It is said to have many cell rejuvenating properties.

  • Bees fly more than once around the world to gather a pound of honey.

  • Bees use to be kept in a hive made of straw that was called a skep.

  • It requires 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey.

  • Honey is nature's unrefined sweetener produced by the bees from the nectar of flowers.

  • A normal colony of honey bees contains only one QUEEN who may lay 1,000 plus eggs per day during her busy season.

  • The average life of a honey bee during the working season is about six weeks.

  • Beeswax is produced by the bees. It is a sweet smelling golden coloured wax. It has various uses including candles, cosmetics, polishes, etc.

  • Pollen is gathered on the bee's legs when they land on a flower for nectar. Pollen contains many nutrients, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes.

  • Propolis is a sticky substance that bees produce from the buds of trees. The anti-bacterial properties in propolis, is why it is referred to as the medicine form the beehive.

  • There are five products that come from the hive: Honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis and royal jelly.


The population of a healthy hive in mid-summer can average between 40,000 and 80,000 bees.

The workers cooperate to find food and use a pattern of "dancing" to communicate with each other.

In each hive or colony, there is only one adult, mated queen, who is the mother of the worker bees of the hive

In the summer 98% of the bees in a hive are worker bees.

About one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants, and honey bees are responsible for 80 percent of this pollination.

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