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Fun Facts About Bees

  • In the course of her lifetime, a worker bee will produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.

  • To make one pound of honey, workers in a hive fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers.

  • A productive hive can make and store up to two pounds of honey a day. Thirty-five pounds of honey provides enough energy for a small colony to survive the winter.

  • Theoretically, the energy in one ounce of honey would provide one bee with enough energy to fly around the world.

  • Most researchers believe the honeybee originated in Africa. The first European colonists introduced Apis mellifera, the common honeybee, to the Americas. Native Americans referred to the bees as "White Man's Fly." Today honeybees can be found all over the world.

  • Bees have five eyes. The three ocelli are simple eyes that discern light intensity, while each of the two large compound eyes contains about 6,900 facets and is well suited for detecting movement. While bees cannot recognize the color red, they do see ultraviolet colors.


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