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  • 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
  • Honey bees have five eyes
  • Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years
  • A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.
  • Drones have no stinger.
  • The area now comprising Israel and the Palestine autonomous region is often referred to as "the land of milk and honey." (Exodus 3:8)
  • German peasants were required to give their feudal lords a payment of honey and beeswax.
  • Europeans brought the European Honeybee to America in 1638. The Native Americans referred to the honeybee as the "White Man's Flies"
  • Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb. of honey.
  • Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb. of honey.
  • On average a worker bee will make 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.
  • Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.

For more fun facts, trivia and bee games visit the Honey Board at www.honey.com

 

 

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