Did you know it takes 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey? Each honeybee produces only a 12th of a teaspoon in her lifetime. But not only do they provide us honey, they also serve to pollinate almost half of our food.
We know bees are important, but why?
- 30 to 40 percent of our food is made available because of pollination by honeybees.
- There are 2,000 native bee species in California alone.
- One hive produces 50 to 100 pounds of honey in a year depending on the health of the hive.
- A Queen bee can lay 2,000 eggs a day and lives 2 to 5 years.
- There are between 30 to 60,000 bees in a hive.
- Bumblebees vibrate at the musical note of C, a perfect frequency to open the tomato flower for pollination.
- Every worker bee goes through the same progression of jobs- Housekeeping, undertakers, nursing young worker bees, attending to the queen bee, and lastly collecting nectar for the hive.
- Bees have a highly developed intestinal flora, like humans.
- Most honey that comes in big box stores is mainly corn syrup. Therefore it’s advised to buy honey locally.
- Honey is the oldest medicine, will never go bad if kept in a sealed container.