Hester, LA, USA


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Interesting Facts About Honey Bees

  • An average worker bee makes 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey during its entire lifetime.

  • Bee's live approximately 40 - 45 days during the summer and several months during the winter.  They literally work themselves to death during the summer.

  • A bee's wings beat 200 times per second.

  • A bee visits 50 - 100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive.

  • Bees travel up to 5 miles to get the food they need, but typically don't exceed 2 miles.

  • A bee colony must visit about two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

  • One pound of beeswax formed into honeycomb can hold approximately 22 pounds of honey.

  • Bees need to consume approximately 7.7 pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax.

  • A pound of beeswax sells for a higher price than a pound of honey.

  • Honeybees waggle and dance to tell other bees in the hives the location of flower nectar sources, the flying time to the sources, and even the wind speed.

  • Honeybees are the only insect in the world that produce food for human consumption.