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.