- Honey bees must visit some 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
- Honey bees fly about 55,000 miles to bring in enough nectar to make one pound of honey.
- About one ounce of honey would fuel a honey bee's flight around the world.
- Honey bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for about 10-20 million years.
- The average honey bee worker makes 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
- Honey bees contribute 8 to 10 billion dollars to the U.S. economy yearly.
- Honey bees have four wings that are latched into pairs by hooks.
- There are an estimated 200,000 beekeepers in the United States.
- Honey bees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
- The male honey bee, the drone, has a grandfather but no father.
- The average honey bee flies between 12 and 15 miles per hour.
- A honey bee flaps its wings about 12,000 times per minute.
- A honey bee worker visits more than 2,000 flowers on a good day.
- Honey bees communicate with one another by smell and dances.
- The average summertime honey bee lives only about 28 to 35 days.
- There are 3 million plus honey-producing colonies in the United States.
- A honey bee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection trip.
- A typical healthy hive may contain up to 60,000 honey bees during peak times.
- Honey bees make an average of 1,600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey.
- Bees will travel as far as one or two miles from the hive to gather nectar.
- Honey bees from a typical hive visit approximately 225,000 flowers per day.
- Queen bees will lay as many as 2,000 eggs on a good day -- an average of one every 45 seconds.
- A good queen bee will lay between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs per year.
- The average central temperature of the brood nest is kept between 92 - 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Beeswax production in most hives is only about 1.5% to 2.0% of the honey yield.
- Approximately eight pounds of honey is eaten by bees to produce one pound of beeswax.
- The Americas have no native honey bees -- early pioneers first brought them from Europe.
- Honey bees pollinate approximately 25% of all the foods humans consume.
- Besides honey, honey bees produce wax and propolis, gather pollen, and produce royal jelly.
- A typical foraging honey bee will work herself to death in about three weeks.