Our honey jars are flying out at the moment and there is no better time to learn a bit more about the hard working bees that make the honey. We have found just a few of the many interesting facts about the honey bee and wanted to share why we think they are amazing creatures!
Honey Bees fly at speeds of around 15 miles per hour on average and they’re capable of reaching speeds of 20 miles per hour.
For bugs this is actually rather slow however honey bees are built for short trips from flower to flower and there is no need for vast speeds. A bee’s wings however beat 190 times a second, that’s 11,400 times a minute!
Within her lifetime, a single honey bee worker only produces around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey
The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks and within this time they produce around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.Â This shows that for honey bees, it really is power in numbers and it takes tens of thousands of workers to get the job done.
To make 1kg of honey it would take 1,100 bees and they would have to visit 4 million flowers.
The queen honey bee has been said to lay up to 1,500 eggs per day and may even lay up to 1 million in her lifetime.
The queen can produce her own body weight in eggs in just a single day. She spends so much of her time doing this that attendant worker bees take care of all her grooming and feeding!
Male Bees (also known as Drones) serve one purpose only.
This being to provide sperm to the queen. Once the drones have emerged from their cells, it usually takes a week before they are ready to mate. Once the drones have fulfilled their purpose they soon die after.
Worker Bees many visit 2,000 flowers per day
The worker bee visits around 50-100 flowers at a time before heading back with the pollen. This is then repeated again and again during the day. Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day.
In a colony, there are between 20,000 and 60,000 bees.
Although there are such a large quantity within a colony there is only one queen bee!
Bees communicate by smells and by performing special dances
Honey bees are social insects that live and work in a colony. They therefore have to communicate with each other and do this by using odor cues, food exchanges and certain movements so they can share important information about food sources.
There are lots of different types of honey
Honey tends to taste different depending on the flowers used to make it.
If the queen bee dies, workers will create a new queen.
They do this by selecting a young larva and feeding it a special food called ‘royal jelly’. This enables the larva to develop into a fertile queen and the cycle carries on. Sometimes the workers do not succeed in raising a new queen, rendering the colony queenless.
There are so many more amazing facts, but these were some of our favourites that we wanted to share. If you have any queries about our honey jars, please get in touch with someone from our team, we will be happy to help!