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Some interesting and fun facts about Honey Bees:

  • 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 full time 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.