Elementary Level


General Facts


  A single honey bee may collect 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

 To make 1 pound of honey, bees may need to fly 50,000 miles.

 Honey bees may forage up to 2-5 miles from the hive.

 Bees do not hibernate, but cluster for warmth. They remain active all winter.

 Bees will maintain an internal cluster temperature of 92 degrees in the coldest part of winter while raising brood.

Bees will disconnect their wings allowing then to pump their wing muscles to create heat

Bees fly outside the hive normally when temperatures rise above 50 degrees.

 A beekeepers main tools are a protective veil, smoker, gloves, and a hive tool.

Smoke inhibits alarm pheromone from alerting other bees of danger. They also gorge themselves with honey in preparation of possibly fleeing a wildfire, taking as much resources with them as possible.

A beekeeper will harvest extra honey that bees store beyond what they need to survive.  The record harvest for one colony is 404 pounds, by the Aebis Family in 1974.

Raw honey contains many beneficial minerals and vitamins. Honey also has antibacterial properties and anti-oxidant benefits. Many claim allergy relief by using local honey that contains pollen.

There are many varietals of honey. From orange blossom honey, award winning tupelo honey, clover, alfalfa, blueberry, to apple blossom.

Honey comes as extracted, liquid, creamed. or in the comb.

We only produce about 30% of the honey we consume in the U.S.

Local beekeepers produce the best "green" sweetener you can buy....local honey.

Besides honey, you can harvest pollen, propolis, and beeswax.

Directly, honey bees pollinate the flowers of 1/3 of all fruits and vegetables.

Indirectly, honey bees pollinate 70% of the food crops, through seed production, etc.

There are 1/2 the number of beekeepers there were 25 years ago.

There are 1/3 less beehives as there were 25 years ago.

For every 100 beekeepers, 95% are hobbyists, 4% sideliners, and 1% are fulltime or commercial beekeepers.

Beekeeping dates back at least 4500 years.

Beekeeping can be a sustainable endeavor.

Renting bees to farmers in need of pollination generates a source of income.

Beehives are kept on farms, in backyards, on balconies, and high-rise rooftops, all across the country.

There are local, county, state, and national bee associations.

Honey bees are kept or managed in all 50 states.