From The Bee Hive
Bees not only provide us with a wonderful product in the form of honey, they are an indispensible helpers for Agriculture. Millions of acres of U.S. fruits, vegetables, legume and oilseed crops depend on insect pollination. An estimated 80% of this insect pollination is accomplished by bees. It's amazing that more than one-third of the total human diet is derived directly or indirectly from insect pollinated plants.
Bees visit approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey. To make that same pound of honey, they bees travel over 55,000 miles. A bee visits between 50 and 100 flowers per nectar gathering trip.
Bee's communicate by "dancing" and by secretion of pheromones. During the "dance", directions and distance to nectar sources are shared with the other worker bees in the hive.
During the height of honey production a healthy colony will have between 40,000 and 60,000 bees. During this production period, a bee's life span is about six weeks.
A bee can fly about 15 miles per hour. Their wings beat approximately 180 times per second.
To produce one pound of beeswax the bees consume approximately 8 pounds of honey.
The average temperature in the hive is 93.5 degrees.
Worker bees are all female.
Basically, bees are awesome. Life in the beehive is very complex, can be very dramatic and might resemble a soap opera. We greatly depend on bees, so look for more information about these amazing little creatures in our newsletters.