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The Honey Bee

Posted Nov 13 2010 12:00am

Bees are amazing. For annoying buzzy little things, they are awfully complex. Not to mention hard working! Take a look at some of these facts from David Wolfe’s book Superfoods

*Bees produce the only food that will never spoil. Edible honey has been found in Egyptian tombs.

*When Alexander the Great died, he was carried back to Greece in a golden coffin filled with honey.
*A bee’s life span ranges from 3-6 weeks. But the lifespan of the Queen lasts four to five years – and the only distinctive difference between the worker bees and the Queen is what? Nutrition!
*A queen bee can lay up to 3,000 eggs in one day – at a rate of 5 or 6 a minute.
*All worker bees are female.
*The brain of a worker honeybee is about a cubic millimeter but has the densest neurological tissue of any animal.
*One hive may hold up to 80,000 bees – one queen, a few hundred drones (males), and the rest of the female workers.
*Bees communicate to one another by dancing, which they can understand even in complete darkness.
*Bees have a magnetic band around their brains to help them navigate.
*Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
*Bees gather from only one kind of flower at a time. When two different flowers of the same dark purple color grew side by side, bees were noted to nearly collide in the air, but never did a bee touch the pollen of the wrong flower.
*The honeybee can pollinate at the rate of 30 flowers per minute.
*An average worker bee makes 1/12 of a tablespoon of honey in her life.
*Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day. One single bee typically visits between 50 and 1,000 flowers a day, but can visit up to several thousand.
*A hive of bees flies 55,000 miles to make one jar of honey.
*One gallon of honey equals the combined bee flight distance of going to the moon and back.
*It takes one bee working eight hours a day for a month to gather 1 teaspoon of bee pollen pellets, which contain over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen loaded with macronutrients, trace elements, minerals, and antioxidants.
*Bees are the chief engineers of cross-pollination.

*According to the planetary geological sequence and dating theory, bees are estimated to have survived on Earth for over 150 million years. There are now over 30,000 different bee species.

How’s the for impressive?

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