Pollinating honey bees are required for 80% of our fruit, vegetable and seed crops.
Honey bees are not native to the USA. They are European in origin, and were brought to North America by the early settlers.
The honey bee is the State insect for a number of States: Utah, Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee “official agricultural insect”, Louisiana, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia.
Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.
The Honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
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.
An average worker bee flies 500 miles in her lifetime.
The queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day at the height of summer.
Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work at all. Their only job is to mate.
Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but they don’t leave the hive to help defend it.
It is estimated that 10 bee stings per pound of body weight are required to be fatal…… That means 1,500 bee stings could kill a 150lb person!
Honey bees cannot see the red color. They see it as shades of black.
Colors that particularly stimulate aggressive behavior in a honey bee: brown and black (and therefore, red)