Amazing bee and honey facts


“Did you know…”

There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees throughout the world.

The smallest bee is Trigona minima, a stingless bee whose workers are about 2.1 mm (5/64") long.

The largest bee in the world is Megachile pluto, a leafcutter bee whose females can grow to a length of 39 mm (1.5").

It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is done by bees.

Most bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic charge, which helps the pollen to stick to them.

Honey bees groom themselves to pack the pollen into special pollen baskets on their legs.

A honey bee queen may lay 2,000 eggs per day and half a million eggs or more in her lifetime.

A bee’s wings flap approximately 230 times per second.

Cave paintings dating back to 13,000BC show people gathering wild honey.

The ancient Egyptians kept domestic bees and sealed pots of honey were found in the graves of Pharaohs such as Tutankhamun. The honey was still edible. So 'Use By Dates' on honey could say 5000 AD, since the honey in Tutankhamun's tomb was 3000 years old!

Bees have played an important part in religion and myth in many cultures.

In Aegean cultures bees were believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld.

In Mayan culture honey was prized as food of the Gods.

The ancient Greeks associated lips anointed with honey with the gift of eloquence.

Beekeeping was written about by the Ancient Greeks and Romans including Virgil and Aristotle.

During medieval times abbeys and monasteries were centers of beekeeping, since beeswax was highly prized for candles.

The fermented honey-drink, mead is older than wine.

Honey has been used in medicine for at least 2,700 years to treat a variety of illnesses but honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties have only recently been explained.

Honey can help heal wounds, be used as a topical antibiotic for diabetic ulcers, reduce the damage caused by colitis, reduce swelling and scaring when treating wounds, reduce the time burns take heal, treat sore throats and coughs, and even defend against MRSA infections.

“We’re amazing aren’t we?”

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