The honey bee has been around for millions of years. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “Pinocchio”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. Out of all those insects flying around, honeybees are the only ones to produce food eaten by humans. They’re busy at work, but a honeybee will only produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz.
A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour. It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world. 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. The 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. Each honey bee colony has a unique odour for members’ identification. Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing. During winter, honey bees feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm. Honey bees are an integral part of pollination. Travelling from one flower to the next transferring pollen between plants, bees aid plant fertilization allowing for the successful production of fruit and seeds.