Honey Bee Facts


Did you Know?

  • 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)