ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL - 

General Facts

 

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

   winter while raising brood.

* 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

   themselves with honey in preparation of possibly fleeing a wildfire, taking as much

   resources with 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

   properties and anti-oxidant benefits. Many claim allergy relief by using local honey that

   contains pollen.

* There are many varietals of honey. From orange blossom honey, award winning tupelo

   honey, clover, 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

   commercial beekeepers.

* Beekeeping dates back at least 4500 years.

* Beekeeping can be a sustainable endeavor.

* 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

   the country.

* There are local, county, state, and national bee associations.

* Honey bees are kept or managed in all 50 states.