Know Bees Like We Know Bees

  • Honeybees fly at about 12 miles per hour.
  • They travel about 150,000 kilometres visiting an estimated 4 million flowers to make a kilo of honey.
  • They can distinguish flavours as sweet, sour, salty or bitter.
  • The style (flavour, aroma and colour) of every honey depends on the type of nectars the bees harvest.
  • A worker bee can carry half her weight in nectar and pollen while flying.
  • It takes 8 to 10 pounds of nectar to make a half a kilo of honey.
  • One beehive accommodates between 15,000 to 60,000 honeybees.
  • There is only one Queen Bee in each hive, who is fed royal jelly all her life.
  • Drones are the only bees meant to mate with the Queen bee and they make up just 0.25% of the entire beehive population. Thats only 150 drones for a population of 60,000.
  • The drone mates with the Queen bee about 1,000 feet above ground and then falls down dead.
  • Drones cannot feed themselves and depend on the worker bees to be fed.
  • Honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar, so you need less of it.
  • Because of the possibility of traces of pollen spores, honey isnt suitable for babies under 12 months.
  • Once a bee uses its sting, it has to die.
  • The six-sided hexagonal honeycomb is the strongest shape in nature.