Bee facts

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1. The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.

2. It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

3. Honey bees are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.

4. They are insects with a scientific name - Apis mellifera.

5. They have 6 legs, 2 eyes, and 2 wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach.

6. The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

7. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly around 90,000 miles - three times around the globe - to make one pound of honey.

8. The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

9. It takes about 556 workers to gather 1 pound of honey from about 2 million flowers.

10. It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.



HELP SAVE OUR BEES

How you can help Bees survive?

Grow more Bee friendly plants (like our Bee Attract)

Make wild flower space in garden

Make or buy a Bee nesting box. These let the queens hibernate over winter.

Become a beekeeper - its fun and you get loads of honey as a reward

Buy local honey - it has a lower carbon footprint and it better for you!

Wash out used honey jars before recycling them. Honey brought in from abroad contains bacteria that can be harmful to our native Bee species.

Do not use chemical pesticides on your garden as they may cause Bees to become disorientated.

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