Some Quick Bee Facts......

*Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.

*Just a single hive contains approximately 40-45,000 bees!

*During honey production periods, a bee's life span is about 6 weeks.

*Honeybees visit about 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.

*A bee travels an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey; up to 6 miles per trip. To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.

*Bees fly an average of 13-15 mph.

*Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day. One single bee usually visits between 50-1000 flowers a day, but can visit up to several thousand.

*Queens will lay almost 2000 eggs a day at a rate of 5 or 6 a minute. Between 175,000-200,000 eggs are laid per year.

*The average hive temperature is 93.5 degrees.

*Beeswax production in most hives is about 1 1/2% to 2% of the total honey yield.

*About 8 pounds of honey is eaten by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax.

What is beeswax used for?

*Candles and ornaments.

*Lip balm, cosmetics and medical creams.

*Foundation for new honeycomb in bee hives.

*Used in sewing to lubricate needles and thread.

*Keeps belts in vacuum cleaners, sewing machines and other tools from slipping.

*Waterproofs shoes, fishline and clotheslines.

*Lubricates doors, windows and tools.

*Used on skis, toboggans and bow strings.

*Provides a freely moving surface on irons and frying pans.

*Used in furniture and floor polish.

*In all, a very useful substance that no home is complete without!

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