Posted on June 17, 2011
Our bee facts and glossary are a collection of interesting facts about bees and also beekeeping terms that are commonly used.
A honey bee can fly up to 15 miles per hour.
The average worker honey bee makes 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
To make one pound of honey, honey bees must tap 2,000,000 flowers.
A hive of honey bees must fly over 55,000 miles to bring in one pound of honey.
It would take about one ounce (two tablespoons) of honey to fuel a honey bee’s flight around the world.
The U.S. per capita consumption of honey is 1.31 pounds.
To make one pound of honey, honeybees must gather 10 pounds of nectar.
A honey bee visits between 50-100 flowers during one collection trip.
Honeybees communicate through a series of “dances” and use the sun as a reference point to communicate to other bees the angle of flight to be followed to arrive at newly discovered nectar-bearing flowers.
Brood - Baby Bees.
Brood Chamber - Where eggs are laid and the young bees grow.
Propolis - A antibacterial material that bees create to clean the hive.
Royal Jelly - A special food that bees create and feed to young bees and the queen bee.
Bee Pollen - Gathered from plants and mixed with bee secretions to create food for young bees.
Nectar - Gathered from plants and used to make honey.
Foundation - Material in the hive where the bees lay eggs or store honey and food.
Frame - Hold the foundation together when it is in the hive body.
Honey Super - A hive body where the bees store honey.
Apiary - A place where bees and bee hives are kept.