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Honey Bees: Fun Facts




  • 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
  • Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
  • Honey stored in airtight containers never spoil.
  • A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight.
  • Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
  • Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 pound of honey.
  • On average a worker bee will make 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.
  • Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.
 (Source: Ron Brady)

 Scenes from Beekeeping Project on Everette Brown Farm (Sept 2016)