Power of Bees
LET’S FACE IT, BEES ARE AMAZING
Of all the insects in the world, the Honey Bees has to be the most incredible creature of them all. In fact, humans share a deep symbiotic relationship with them. Honeybees are known as one of the great scientific mysteries as they have remained unchanged for millions of years, even though the world around them has significantly been altered. We love bees and the positive impact that they have on our world. Check out all of these cool facts about this amazing insect below.
- Honeybees can fly approximately 15 miles per hour and will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive each day.
- A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
- 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.
- A bees honey can speed up the healing process and combats infections.
- 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 approximately 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the United States.
- The bee is the official state insect in 14 U.S. states.
- Honey never spoils.
IS IT FIVE O’CLOCK YET?
Restless in nature, bees never take time for a break. As soon as the the sun comes up they are off to work and they can be seen returning to the hive well after sunset. Because of this biologic drive and stamina, they are remarkably productive creatures. One hive can create up to 300 pounds of honey in a single four month growing season. If that wasn’t enough, they also produce up to ten pounds of beeswax per hive as well as a unique substance called propolis or 'bee glue' which is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources.
BUSY AS A BEE
Each day, a forager may make up to 10 trips back and forth to the hive to drop off the pollen or nectar she's collected from numerous flowers. Combined, an entire hive will travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit as many as 2 million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just ONE pound of honey! When they aren’t traveling in search of nectar, there are always chores to be done back at the hive, such as house cleaning, nursing the young, packing food away, guarding the entrance, dancing, eating, egg laying, fanning, or grooming. After observing all of the tasks an average honeybee does in any given day, scientists popularized the phrase "busy as a bee.”
INFLUNCE ON RELIGION
Bees have been declared gods and Deities in various cultures
- Artemis - the Ephesian Mother goddess
- Vishnu - the Indian god is depicted as a blue bee resting on a lotus flower.
- Krishna - an Indian god is often depicted with a blue bee on his forehead.
- Kama - the Indian god of love has a bow string made of bees.
- Re - the Egyptian sun god created bees and humans from his tears.
- Pan - the Greek god of Nature was a beekeeper and protector of bees.
- Austeja - is a Lithuanian bee goddess.
- Bubilas - is a Lithuanian bee god representing the drones.
- Mellonia - was the Roman goddess of bees.
- Zosim – Russian bee god who was the protector of beekeeping.
- Ah Mucen Cab - The Mayan God of Bees, Honey, Creation.
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