- The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

- The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

- Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.

- Beeswax production in most hives is only about 1.5% to 2.0% of the honey yield.

- A colony of bees can contain between 20,000 and 60,000 bees, but only one queen bee

- 99% of the bee colony is made up of female bees known as worker bees.

- It is estimated that 1100 honey bee stings are required to be fatal.

- Male bees are called "Drones" and they do not have stingers, their only purpose is to mate with the queen bee.

- Honey bees never sleep, and they communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones.

- Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

- There are lots of different types of honey which taste different depending on the flowers used to make it

- Honey bees actually dance when they return to the hive to tell the other bees where the flowers are.

- The honey bee has been around for millions of years.

- Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut’s tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the desert sands.

- A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth to collect 1 kg of honey.

- The bee's brain is oval in shape and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.

- Queen bees will lay as many as 2000 eggs on a good day and an average of one every 45 seconds.

- A queen bee can sting multiple times without dying.

- Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny lenses (one on each side of the head), 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach.

- Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes. Their exceptional olfactory abilities include kin recognition signals, social communication within the hive, and odor recognition for finding food. Their sense of smell is so precise that it could differentiate hundreds of different floral varieties and tell whether a flower carried pollen or nectar from metres away.

- Each honey bee colony has a unique odour for members' identification.

- A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

- Many plants rely on insects like bees in order to be pollinated; which is why they provide nectar to say "thanks".

- Honey is a Hebrew word meaning enchant. Initially it was a culinary sweeter, and now is recognized worldwide as a healing ingredient in medicinal treatment.

- There are over 25,000 species of bees worldwide.



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