National Honey Bee Day!

Happy national honey bee day! Just because today is national honey bee day does not mean that we shouldn't strive to help the bees every day of the year! Take the day to appreciate every bite of food you take, and to think about what you would not be eating if it weren't for honey bees.

Below are some fun facts about the honey bee and beekeepers!

1. A honey bee can fly up to 15 miles per hour

2. American Indians called honey bees the “White Man’s Fly” because they were brought to North America by colonists

3. Honey contains vitamins and antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol free, and sodium free

4. Each honey bee makes about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its life time

5. A newly hatched queen immediately kills all other hatched and unhatched queens in the hive

6. Honey bees collect approximately 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive

7. A honey bee visits between 50-100 flowers during one collection trip

8. In 1984, honeybees constructed a honeycomb in zero gravity as part of an experiment on a space shuttle

9. Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey

10. Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans

Busy bees at work on a pollen frame.


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