The Honey Bee

Learn About The Bees

  •  Bee keeping dates back to ancient times, evidence has been found in cave paintings and in ancient Egyptian tombs
  •  Honey bees are not native to North America, they were brought here by early European settlers for honey production and pollination of crops
  •  The honey bee is the only insect that produces a food consumed by man, honey is food that never expires
  •  Honey is a pure food, and has natural antibiotic qualities
  •  Honey is used therapeutically, medicinally, nutritionally, and cosmetically
  •  A single honey bee colony can consist of up to eighty-thousand honey bees. There is only one queen, and about 300 - 1000 drones (males; the rest of the colony are worker bees (female)
  •  A single colony can collect roughly sixty pounds of pollen, the bee's food source for an entire year
  •  The worker bees live roughly six weeks in the busy summer months, literally working themselves to death, and live four to eight months in the slow winter months
  •  The queen bee lives between three to five years, and spends her whole life laying eggs
  •  A drone bee's only purpose is to mate with a virgin queen, he then dies after achieving his goal.  All drone bees are forced to leave the hive in the fall because they have no use during the winter months
  •  Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing, displaying patterned circles, and shimmies
  •  Honey bees account for approximately eighty percent of all insect pollination
  •  Honey bees are not aggressive, and only sting in defense of their colony or when provoked
  •  Honey bee venom is widely used in European countries to combat health issues like arthritis, high blood pressure, and even multiple sclerosis
  • The consumption of raw local honey can help fend of allergies caused by plants and trees