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Interesting Bee Facts
There are 20,000 year old cave drawings showing honey collecting.
There were no honeybees in North America until the Jamestown settlers brought them to the US.
A honeybee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour.
Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
A typical beehive makes more than 400 pounds of honey per year.
Honeybees are a great scientific mystery because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years, even though the world has changed around them.
Honeybees will travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
A honeybee will flap its wings about 11,400 times per minute, creating the "buzz" that you hear.
Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting.
Honeybees are entirely herbivorous when they forage for nectar and pollen, but can cannibalize their own brood when stressed.
A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approx. 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
Honey speeds the healing process and combats infections.
Honey never spoils.
It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee's flight around the world.
Honeybee colonies have unique odors that members flash like ID cards at the hive's front door, so the guard bees can recognize the entering bees.
Honeybees are responsible for approx. 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.
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