Interesting Facts

There are over 80,000 bees per beehive: One queen, 78,000 workers and about 200 male “drone” bees.

Honeybees travel over a 12.5 square mile area (2 mile radius) looking for pollen and nectar. They each bring a sample of pollen and nectar sources they discover back to the hive and the other bees in the hive sample it. The richest nectar source wins and the entire hive then forages for the ONE flower until the season changes and another source is richer. This helps the bees (most productive food source)and the flower (pollination of the same species makes sense).

Most bees only live about 6-8 weeks, but the queen can live up to 3 years.

It is said that one can move an established beehive less than two feet or more than two miles, but nowhere in between. This is presumably because the bees use landmarks to identify their home hive location. They will fly back to that location and not find the hive and perish.

The honeybee is not native to the Americas, but was imported from Europe in the 17th century. Native Americans came to associate the presence of the honeybee with the advance of the Europeans and they called the honeybee the “white man’s flies”. Despite enjoying the sweet flavor of honey for the first time, they also came to associate the arrival of the honeybee with the impending end of the native American culture.