1. Bees are the only insect that produce a food that is eaten by man.
2. A Honey Bee visits 50-100 flowers on a collection trip.
3. Honey Bees don't always die after they sting.
Honey Bees almost always die when stinging a human since their stingers get stuck in human flesh very easily. However, when stinging certain types of animals or insects they may keep their stinger and sting again.
4. Honey Bees are assigned jobs based upon their age.
Older bees (22 days old) are the ones who collect pollen, nectar, and water.
5. Honey Bees are cold blooded.
Honey Bees do not have the ability to generate heat, and therefore keep their body temperatures up by vibrating their bodies. When in flight, the average body temperature of a Honey Bee is 130 degrees. This is also why beehive areas are kept close to 98 degrees.
6. Drones (Male Honey Bees) do no actual work.
Drones can even get evicted from the hive when food is scarce or overcrowding is an issue. When drones mate with a queen, they die shortly after.
7. Honey Bees communicate with each other through "dancing".
8. Honey Bees generally stay within a 5 mile radius of the hive
However, a colony will fly a total of approximately 55,000 miles to produce 1 pound of honey.
9. Honey is made when nectar from flowers is mixed with enzymes from the Honey Bee's mouth.
10.Honey Bees are not native to the Americas-they were brought over by Europeans.
Now that you've read about how fascinating Honey Bees really are, come watch them in action this weekend in our Honey Bee Factory! They do an excellent job with providing the Farm with plenty of honey, as well as pollinating the plants. In further celebration of this essential creature, our Honey Festival will be this Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss out on all the delicious honey foods we will have to offer, as well as more bee facts as we celebrate Honey Bees and their sweet, sweet honey!