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Frequently Asked Questions About Bees

Here Are Some Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Bees

  • Bees pollinate 80% of the plants worldwide. Amazingly, this means that without the honey bee, we would have none of the fruits and vegetables we need to maintain good health.
  • Every product from the beehive can be used for medicinal purposes.
  • Honey not only tastes good but is a popular remedy for treating allergies.
  • Bee pollen is a nutritious food. It contains all of the essential, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients necessary to sustain life.
  • Propolis is the “glue” that seals up tiny cracks in a hive, but it is also a natural antibiotic used to treat minor scrapes.
  • Royal jelly is fed to the larvae to “make” a queen. It is also found in numerous beauty products.
  • Even bee venom is used for apitherapy, treating many people with Multiple Sclerosis successfully.
  • A colony of bees contains anywhere from 20,000-60,000 bees with only one queen.
  • The queen lives 2-3 years and can lay up to 2500 eggs a day during their busy months.
  • Honey bees can sense danger from people or animals over 50 feet away.
  • All worker bees are female and they’re the only ones that sting. They can only sting one time and then they die.
  • Bees only sting when they feel threatened, so never swat at a bee or they may pursue you.
  • A honey bee visits 50-100 flowers in one collection trip.
  • A worker bee’s average lifespan is about 6-8 weeks.
  • The average honey bee will only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • Bees “dance” to communicate

For more facts about bees, check out these pages:
The How and Why of Bee Swarms
What is a Scout Honeybee
Are Bees the Smartest Insect
Little Giant Beekeepers Blog

From around the web:
10 Facts about Honey Bees, from National Geographic Kids
Fun Facts, from American Bee Journal

Facts about bee removal:
Bee Removal Services