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.