Facts About Honey Bees

  • There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker and Drone.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or upto 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.
  • Honey bees can fly at up to 15 miles per hour.
  • Honey bees’ wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produce food for humans.
  • Honey bees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
  • Honey bees are the only bees that die after they sting.
  • Honey bees are responsible for pollinating approx. 80% of all fruit, vegetable, and seed crops in the U.S.