Did You Know ? 2018-06-07T00:09:17+00:00

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Scroll over the cards to reveal an amazing fact about honey.

HONEY IS SACRED

Quran and Hadith

Honey is mentioned in the Bible, it was used to preserve corpses by the ancient Egyptians, was considered sacred during the time of Buddha, and the prophet Muhammad espoused its potential healing properties.

SIDR IS HIGHLY POTENT

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Yemeni’s beekeepers who are strict in ensuring the honeys purity and potency will allow their bees to die rather than feed the bees with sugary syrup. Typically, bees of a certain hive make 37,000 trips just to make half a kilo of honey but bees fed solely on the nectar of the Sidr flower die after making about 3 trips! The weaker bees cannot withstand the potency of the nectar of this remarkable tree!

Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

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That might seem fast, but in the bug world, it’s actually rather slow.

Honey bees are built for short trips from flower to flower, not for long distance travel. Their tiny wings must flap about 12,000 times per minute just to keep their pollen-laden bodies aloft for the flight home.

A honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak.

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It takes a lot of bees to get all the work done. Nurse bees care for the young, while the queen’s attendant workers bathe and feed her. Guard bees stand watch at the door. Construction workers build the beeswax foundation in which the queen lays eggs and the workers store honey. Undertakers carry the dead from the hive. Foragers must bring back enough pollen and nectar to feed the entire community.

A single honey bee worker produces about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

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For honey bees, there’s power in numbers. From spring to fall, the worker bees must produce about 27kgs of honey to sustain the entire colony during the winter.

It takes tens of thousands of workers to get the job done.

The queen honey bee lays up to 1,500 eggs per day, and may lay up to 1 million in her lifetime.

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Just 48 hours after mating, the queen begins her lifelong task of laying eggs. So prolific an egg layer is she, she can produce her own body weight in eggs in a single day. In fact, she has no time for any other chores, so attendant workers take care of all her grooming and feeding.

The honey bee uses the most complex symbolic language of any animal on earth, outside of the primate family.

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Honey bees pack a million neurons into a brain that measures a mere cubic millimeter, and they use every one of them. Worker bees must perform different roles throughout their lives. Foragers must find flowers, determine their value as a food source, navigate back home, and share detailed information about their finds with other foragers. Karl von Frisch received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1973 for cracking the language code of honey bees—the waggle dance.

Drones, the only male honey bees, die immediately after mating.

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Male honey bees serve only one purpose: they provide sperm to the queen.

About a week after emerging from their cells, the drones are ready to mate. Once they’ve fulfilled that purpose, they die.

Honey bees maintain a constant temperature of about 33 C within the hive year-round.

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As temperatures fall, the bees form a tight group within their hive to stay warm. Honey bee workers cluster around the queen, insulating her from the outside cold. In summer, the workers fan the air within the hive with their wings, keeping the queen and brood from overheating. You can hear the hum of all those wings beating inside the hive from several feet away.

Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens.

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The youngest worker bees make the beeswax, from which workers construct the honeycomb. Eight paired glands on the underside of the abdomen produce wax droplets, which harden into flakes when exposed to air.

The workers must work the wax flakes in their mouths to soften them into a workable construction material.

An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day.

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She can’t carry pollen from that many flowers at once, so she’ll visit 50-100 flowers before heading home. All day long, she repeats these round trip flights to forage, which puts a lot of wear and tear on her body. A hardworking forager may live just 3 weeks.

The bee’s brain is oval in shape.

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The bee’s brain is oval in shape and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.

The queen bee can live up to five years and is the only bee that lays eggs.

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She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.

More Facts:

  • The queen bee can live up to five years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.
  • The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast – about 200 beats per second – thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to 10km, and as fast as 24km per hour.
  • Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors (this is the equivalent to 50 times the scent of a dog), compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes.
  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • With the exception of allergy sufferers, it is estimated that it would take 1,100 honey bee stings to be fatal.
  • The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.
  • It takes about 556 workers to gather half a kilo of honey from about 2 million flowers.
  • Each honey bee colony has a unique odour for members’ identification.
  • Honey bees communicate with one another by “dancing”.
  • Bees have five eyes; two compound eyes made up of thousands of lenses on three simple eyes on the back of their heads.
  • A beehive can use up to 10 litres of water per week.
  • Aero-dynamically it is impossible for bees to fly.
  • Pure honey was found in 2,000 year-old Egyptian pyramids, and was still edible.
  • A person who looks after bees is called an Apiarist or a beekeeper.
  • It takes 500 honey bees four weeks to make one kilogram of honey, and they will travel the equivalent of three orbits of the earth in distance to collect it.
  • Queen bees can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, that’s one egg every 43 seconds.
  • Honey bees communicate in two forms, they use pheromones that give off a scent, which passes a message to the other bees, and they also use a dance called the waggle dance to lead the bees to the flowers.
  • There are on average 50,000 worker bees in a hive. 20,000 of which are female worker bees collecting honey. Really strong hives can have more than 100,000 bees.
  • Even with protective equipment, beekeepers can get stung up to 100 times per day when collecting honey.
  • Bees need to eat seven kilograms of nectar to produce just one kilogram of beeswax.
  • Worker bees live on pollen and nectar and live six weeks. Queen bees live on Royal Jelly and live up to six years.
  • Male Bees are called drones and they are very lazy, they do not work.
  • One kilogram of pollen contains, on average, the same amount of protein as seven kilograms of beef.