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
* 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
honey in preparation of possibly fleeing a wildfire, taking as much
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
anti-oxidant benefits. Many claim allergy relief by using local honey
* There are
many varietals of honey. From orange blossom honey, award winning
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 fulltime or
* Beekeeping dates back at
least 4500 years.
* Beekeeping can be a
* 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
* There are local, county,
state, and national bee associations.
* Honey bees are kept or
managed in all 50 states.