Bees Make Honey

Bee Facts

One mouthful in three of the foods you eat directly or indirectly depends on pollination
by honey bees. The value of honey bee pollination to U.S. agriculture is more than $14 billion annually, according to a Cornell University study. Crops from nuts to vegetables and as diverse as alfalfa, apple, cranberry, pumpkin and sunflower all require pollinating by honey bees.

Fun bee facts:
  • Nearly all of the bees in a hive are worker bees, which are female. A hive consists of up to 30,000 bees in the winter, and up to 80,000 bees in the summer.
  • To produce a single pound of honey, the honeybee must bring in approximately 75,000 loads of nectar.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • A bee travels an average of 1,600 round trips to produce one ounce of honey; up to 6 miles per trip. To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to four times around the earth.