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A Buzz in the Air

The gentle buzz of bees in the garden reminds us of long summer days. These busy insects drift from flower to flower, pollinating as they go and play a vital role in the production of crops for human and animal consumption...

"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live?" Albert Einstein.

  • Honey bees are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water.
  • Honey bees’ wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second which is what makes them buzz.
  • A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • An average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth to collect 1 kg of honey.
  • It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.
  • Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
  • A queen bee can live up to 5 years and it's role is to fill the hive with eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, she lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
  • Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened, and they die once they sting.
  • In winter, honey bees feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months.
  • Honey produced locally to where you live is considered to be a good natural treatment for seasonal allergies such a hay fever.

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