General Information

Fun Facts About Bees

  • A honey bee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour
  • A honeybee will flap its wings about 11,000 times per minute creating that “BUZZ” sound.
  • A typical beehive makes more than 400 lbs of honeycomb per year
  • Honeybees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive
  • A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approx. 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
  • The honeycomb is composed of hexagonal cells with walls that are only 2/1000 inch thick, but support 25 times their own weight
  • It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee’s flight around the world
  • Bees do not create honey they are actually improving nectar. The honey we eat is nectar that bees have repeatedly regurgitated and dehydrated
  • A productive hive can make and store up to 2 lbs of honeycomb a day
  • Bees possess 5 eyes and have 4 wings
  • A queen can lay 3,000 eggs in a day
  • Queens can live for up to 2 years
  • Africanized bees look exactly like regular honeybees, but they act a bit differently
  • Africanized bees are more fierce and quick at defending their hives
  • A killer bee will sting in 3 seconds, whereas, it takes a honeybee as long as 30 seconds to sting.
  • Africanized bees chase their enemies for longer distances, and tend to gang up, stinging in large numbers. If a person is stung many times, that could be dangerous. But a single sting from one Africanized bee is no more dangerous than any other bee sting
  • Africanized Honey Bees (killer bees) will pursue an enemy 1/4 mile or more.
  • A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.