Hooray for the Honeybee!
Here at Stakich, we like to celebrate honeybees everyday. But with National Honeybee Day on August 19th, we thought we should share some facts about what makes these little creatures so special.
With summer comes ripe cherries, blueberry pie and corn on the cob. And with each delicious recipe featuring our favorite fresh foods comes the opportunity to embrace the brawn behind it all...
- Honeybees are responsible for pollinating nearly 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.
- Honeybees have an incredible work ethic. A worker bee will travel up to 5 miles away from their hive in search of food, travelling at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. They strike their wings at a speed of 11,400 beats per minute, which accounts for their distinctive buzz.
- A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey in one year! And a beehive can have up to 60,000 bees in it at one time.
It would take only one ounce of that honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
Honey is the only food that contains all the substances necessary to sustain life, containing 80% natural sugars and 20% water. One of the many reasons it makes such a great snack post work-out!
- There are three types of bees in the hive - The Queen Bee, worker bees (all female) and drone bees (male bees).
The Queen Bee is the most important bee in the hive, as her only job is to lay eggs. She accounts her fertility to her diet of only Fresh Royal Jelly. And can live up to 5 years!
- The worker bees are all female, accounting for most of the population in the hive, and they each wear many hats throughout their lifetime. They are the foragers, hive builders, housekeepers and guardians of the hive.
- The male bees are called drone bees, and their only purpose is to mate with the Queen Bee.
- During the winter, honeybees don't sleep. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the Queen and themselves warm. The hive is kept at a toasty 93°F!
Another fun fact, honey bees communicate with one another by dancing. So make sure to do a little dance and raise a glass to them in all their glory!
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