Fun Facts and Trivia

There are three types of bees in the hive:
the queen, workers, and drones

The Queen:

* Will live normally between 1 and 4 years.
* Consumes royal jelly provided by the workers
* Has a non-barbed stinger
* Without a queen, the colony will eventually die
* Develops in 16 days, from egg to emergence from the queen cell.

The Workers:

* Worker are all females.
* Can number between 40-60,000 in a strong hive.
* Performs a multitude of tasks to include: Tending to the queen, feeding larvae, feeding
drones, nectar ripening, producing heat, collecting water, house cleaning guard duty,
field collection of pollen and nectar, to list a few.
* Will die if she stings. Has a barbed stinger that if left behind after stinging.
* Will live 6-8 weeks in the summer, working until her wings give out.
* Will live 4-6 months in winter when not actively working/foraging.
* Develops in 21 days from egg to emergence.

The Drones:

* Sole responsibility is fertilization.
* Leaves hive for 2-3 hours each day.
* Has no stinger
* If the workers stopped feeding them, they would die of starvation.
* Develops in 24 days from egg to hatching to emergence.


General Facts

* A single honey bee may collect 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
* To make 1 pound of honey, bees may need to fly 50,000 miles.
* Honey bees may forage up to 2-5 miles from the hive.

* Bees do not hibernate, but cluster for warmth. They remain active all winter.
* Bees will maintain an internal cluster temperature of 92 degrees in the coldest part of
winter while raising brood.
* Bees will disconnect their wings allowing then to pump their wing muscles to create heat
* Bees fly outside the hive normally when temperatures rise above 50 degrees.
* A beekeepers main tools are a protective veil, smoker, gloves, and a hive tool.
* Smoke inhibits alarm pheromone from alerting other bees of danger. They also gorge
themselves with honey in preparation of possibly fleeing a wildfire, taking as much
resources with them as possible.
* A beekeeper will harvest extra honey that bees store beyond what they need to survive.
The record harvest for one colony is 404 pounds, by the Aebis Family in 1974.

* Raw honey contains many beneficial minerals and vitamins. Honey also has antibacterial
properties and anti-oxidant benefits. Many claim allergy relief by using local honey that
contains pollen.
* There are many varietals of honey. From orange blossom honey, award winning tupelo
honey, clover, alfalfa, blueberry, to apple blossom.
* Honey comes as extracted, liquid, creamed. or in the comb.
* We only produce about 30% of the honey we consume in the U.S.
* Local beekeepers produce the best “green” sweetener you can buy….local honey.
* Besides honey, you can harvest pollen, propolis, and beeswax.
* Directly, honey bees pollinate the flowers of 1/3 of all fruits and vegetables.
* Indirectly, honey bees pollinate 70% of the food crops, through seed production, etc.

* There are 1/2 the number of beekeepers there were 25 years ago.
* There are 1/3 less beehives as there were 25 years ago.
* For every 100 beekeepers, 95% are hobbyists, 4% sideliners, and 1% are fulltime or
commercial beekeepers.

* Beekeeping dates back at least 4500 years.
* Beekeeping can be a sustainable endeavor.
* Renting bees to farmers in need of pollination generates a source of income.
* Beehives are kept on farms, in backyards, on balconies, and high-rise rooftops, all across
the country.
* There are local, county, state, and national bee associations.
* Honey bees are kept or managed in all 50 states.

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