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by Bryan May. 05, 2013 1859 views

Some interesting facts about bees:

Bees do not create honey; they are actually improving upon a plant product, nectar. The honey we eat is nectar that bees have repeatedly regurgitated and dehydrated.

The average American consumes a little over one pound of honey a year.

In the course of her lifetime, a worker bee will produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.

To make one pound of honey, workers in a hive fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers.

In a single collecting trip, a worker will visit between 50 and 100 flowers, and up 2000 flowers in a day. She will return to the hive carrying over half her weight in pollen and nectar.

A productive hive can make and store up to two pounds of honey a day. Thirty-five pounds of honey provides enough energy for a small colony to survive the winter.

Theoretically, the energy in one ounce of honey would provide one bee with enough energy to fly around the world.

Although Utah enjoys the title “The Beehive State,” the top honey-producing states include California, Florida, and South Dakota. In 1998, the United States made over 89,000 metric tons of honey. China, the world's top honey-producer, created more than 140,000 metric tons of honey in 1997.

While foraging for nectar and pollen, bees inadvertently transfer pollen from the male to the female components of flowers. Each year, bees pollinate 95 crops worth an estimated $10 billion in the U.S. alone. All told, insect pollinators contribute to one-third of the world's diet.

Most researchers believe the honeybee originated in Africa. The first European colonists introduced Apis mellifera, the common honeybee, to the Americas. Native Americans referred to the bees as “White Man's Fly.” Today honeybees can be found all over the world.

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Christa 6 years, 8 months ago

I just adore this regurgitated food :))) Beautiful colors in this macro shot.

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Kevin 6 years, 8 months ago

That is good stuff to know! (Great shot, btw...)

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