Honey Bee Facts

Honey Bee Facts - From Bee Wilde Bee & Honey Farm

Honey Bee Facts from Bee Wilde

Honeybee hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax. Such commercial uses have spawned a large beekeeping industry, though many species still occur in the wild. All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. A hive’s inhabitants are generally divided into three types. Below are many different honey bee facts on how honey bees pollinate and produce they honey we all love to eat.

Workers are the only bees that most people ever see. These bees are females that are not sexually developed. Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings, and perform many other societal functions.

Bee Wilde has compiled the information below to help you better understand how and where your local raw honey comes from, and how we get it:

  • A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. 99% of the hive consists of worker bees which are female bees, that live an average of about 6 weeks during summer months, and do all the work.
  • There are three types of bees in the hive: Queen, Worker and Drone. Honey bees have five eyes, and four wings that are latched into pairs by hooks.
  • There are over 25,000 species of bees in the world.
  • Queen bees will lay as many as 2000 eggs on a good day and an average of one every 45 seconds.
  • A honey bee will frequent 50 to 100 flowers during a honey collection trip.
  • A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles to collect 1 kg of honey.
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produce food eaten by man.
  • Honey bees flap their wings on average over 180 times per second.
  • Queen bees can actually sting multiple times without dying.
  • Beeswax production in the average hive is 1.5% to 2.0% of the honey yielded.
  • Just two tablespoons of honey can fuel a honey bee to fly around the world once.
  • Honey bees don’t sleep.
  • Male bees or “Drones” don’t have stingers, and their sole purpose is to mate with the queen bee.
  • Honey bees from a typical hive visit approximately 225,000 flowers per day. Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 pound of honey.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water.
  • Honey bees have an excellent sense of smell, and use this sense to find their way back to the hive.
  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water. 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 desert sands.

If you see a something in our Honey Bee Facts that you think is incorrect or incomplete – or there is a honey bee fact we should add, please contact us by email with that information.