Honey Bee Facts
Learn 24 facts about how incredible honey bees are
  1. The Queen can live up to 2 to 3 years. 
  2. Apis Mellifera (Honey Bee) is not native to the Americas.
  3. Male bees (Drones) have no stinger defense mechanism
  4. Honey Bees travel within a 2-5 mile radius to retrieve resources (pollen, nectar, water, and propolis).
  5. Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  6. One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.
  7. The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  8. A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  9. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  10. The bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has a remarkable capacity to learn and remember things. For example, it is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.
  11. Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.
  12. A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honey bees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
  13. 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.
  14. Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work. All they do is mate.
  15. 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.
  16. Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
  17. The natural fruit sugars in honey – fructose and glucose – are quickly digested by the body. This is why sportsmen and athletes use honey to give them a natural energy boost.
  18. Honey bees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years.
  19. The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  20. Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!
  21. The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
  22. 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.’
  23. Honey’s ability to attract and retain moisture means that it has long been used as a beauty treatment. It was part of Cleopatra’s daily beauty ritual.
  24. Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals. It’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

Useful Resources
Access beekeeping resources and news.

  • Bee Informed Partnership

    The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported initially by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture but now a not-for-profit, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we can keep healthier bees.

  • Ohio State Beekeepers Association

    The tradition of beekeeping history in Ohio is reflected in the membership and past membership of OSBA. Ohio, the home of the A.I. Root Company and final resting place for L. L. Langstroth and A.I. Root, is proud of its role in this tradition. The Ohio State University continues to lead in honey bee research and beekeeping extension. While the state no longer has the largest bee-supply manufacture in the world, or sends out more queens than any other state, we still have some of the best beekeepers in the world. We are pleased that you are visiting our pages.

  • National Honey Board

    The story of honey is older than history itself. An 8,000-year-old cave painting1 in Spain depicts honey harvesting, and we know it's been used for food, medicine and more by cultures all over the world since.

    But honey isn't about humans. It's the natural product made from bees—one of our planet's most important animals. Honey bees visit millions of blossoms in their lifetimes, making pollination of plants possible and collecting nectar to bring back to the hive.

    Lucky for us, bees make more honey than their colony needs, and beekeepers remove the excess and bottle it. Just like they've been doing since the beginning of time.

    Source:

    1 Ullmann, Fritz (2003). Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons

Propolis
Nature's Wonder

Bees make propolis, a resinous substance which they use to glue the materials of their hives together, by mixing beeswax and other secretions with resins from the buds of conifer and poplar trees. ... Bees, in an effort to close gaps in hives, use propolis as a precautionary measure to keep out dangerous microbes and fungi.

  • December 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Honey Bee Information: Swarming
Honey bee colonies do not reproduce only in numbers of bees per colony, but also in numbers of colonies.

 Bee reproduction on the colony level is called swarming. Most people use the term “swarming” to refer to dangerous bee activity or just bees flying around, but this is not accurate. A swarm is a large number of bees concentrated in a specific area or splitting from its previous colony to that holding area. The process begins when a bee colony begins to rear new queens. Before the new queens emerge, the old queen in the colony will leave the nest site with about 30–70% of the adult bee population. The original colony will remain at the nest site, rear a new queen, and continue as a functioning colony. The process whereby a group of bees splits from its original colony, leaves the nest sites, and searches for/moves into a new nest site is called swarming.

Upon leaving the colony, the queen will settle on a nearby structure, often a tree branch, the side of a house, a fence post, etc. At this time, the bees that left the colony with her (which are circling in the air looking for the queen), land on/around the queen, thus forming a cluster of bees. This cluster can range from the size of an orange to the size of a 5 gallon bucket. The swarm cluster is a type of holding pattern for the bees. While the colony is in the swarm cluster, scout bees will leave the cluster in search of a new cavity in which to build a home. Once the scout bees locate a new home, they will leave the structure and move to their new home. Bees can remain clustered from a few minutes to many days, depending on the length of time it takes them to find a suitable nest. As such, PCOs may receive phone calls from concerned homeowners about a swarm that is no longer there once the PCO arrives on location. The reason for this is simple: the swarm finally found a site to build a nest and they have moved to occupy it.

A swarm of bees can be found almost anywhere (the side of a wall, a tree branch, a light post, etc.); swarms are usually described as a ball or clump of bees. Swarms that have settled on an object (wall, palm frond, bicycle seat, etc.) should be removed before they move to their permanent nest site, or before they start building comb and exhibiting defensive behavior. They are easiest to remove during the swarm stage. In most cases, swarming bees are remarkably docile. They have no nest to protect.

Here at Linda's Bee Farm, we offer swarm removal services. Services may include removal fee.

For more information about swam removal, contact us at (330) 314-7856

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