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Honey

Biology

Importance

Honeybees must visit two million flowers and travel over 91,000 km to make 500 g of honey!

 

In a lifetime, the average worker will make 1/10 of a teaspoon of honey.

It would take about one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.

Honeybees depend on stores of honey to survive through the winter.

Honey is collected in boxes called "supers" which sit on top of a brood chamber.

Honey
Biology

The worker bee is female and will die if she stings you.

Every honeybee hive consists of three castes (groups) of bees:

the workers, drones, and the queen.

The male drone doesn't work or sting.  His sole function is to mate with the queen.

The queen's job is laying eggs - up to 1,500 a day!

The sound of bees' buzzing is caused by their beating at 11,400 times per minute!

Worker bees (females) usually live about 35 days in the summer and up to 6 months in the winter.

The queen generally lives about two to three years.

Importance

Humans have been keeping bees for thousands of years.  Honey found in tombs ~3,000 years old is still edible!

Currently, there are about 2,800 beekeepers in Ontario and about 100,000 beehives.

Honeybees are an extremely important pollinator.  About every 3rd bite of food we eat relates back to bees and pollination.

Due to the limited availability of honeybees in China, some farmers resort to hand-pollinating crops.

The average per capita consumption of honey in Ontario is 1 kg per year.

Pollination is required for a plethora of different crops.  These include apples and other fruit trees, almonds, cucumber, zucchini, gourds and watermelon.

Propolis, a substance derived from plant resin by honeybees is used in the hive to seal cracks and weatherproof the hive.  Humans utilize propolis for medicinal purposes; it has antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibiotic, and antiviral properties.

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