HONEY BEE FACTS
A honey bee colony can contain around 60,000 bees at the peak of summer.
The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work. All they do is mate.
A single honey bee worker will only produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
In order to produce 1 jar of honey, the bees must visit over 1.5 million flowers.
A honey bee can fly for up to six miles and visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source is by doing a dance which positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive. This is known as the ‘waggle' dance.
Honey has always been highly regarded as a medicine. It is thought to help with everything from sore throats and digestive disorders to skin problems and hay fever.
Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals. It’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.