Inside the hive

​​​​As a general rule honeybees will forage an area around a beehive for two miles, although bees have been observed foraging twice and three times this distance from the hive.This means on average a honeybee will cover more than 8,000 acres to forage.

Most worker bees live for around six weeks in the summer and they can only go and forage for nectar on days when the air temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. A group of about 12 bees in their lifetime will produce a teaspoon of honey between them.

Honeybees can collect up to 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive.

​​Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.​​

Queen Bee 
There is only one queen per hive. The queen is the only bee with fully developed ovaries. A queen bee can live for 3-5 years. The queen mates only once with several male (drone) bees, and will remain fertile for life. She lays up to 2000 eggs per day. Fertilized eggs become female (worker bees) and unfertilized eggs become male (drone bees). When she dies or becomes unproductive, the other bees will "make" a new queen by selecting a young larva and feeding it a diet of "royal jelly". For queen bees, it takes 16 days from egg to emergence.

Worker Bee 
All worker bees are female, but they are not able to reproduce. Worker bees live for 4-9 months during the winter season, but only 6 weeks during the busy summer months (they literally work themselves to death). Nearly all of the bees in a hive are worker bees. A hive consists of 20,000 - 30,000 bees in the winter, and over 60,000 - 80,000 bees in the summer. The worker bees take on a series of specific chores during their lifetime: housekeeper; nursemaid; construction worker; grocer; undertaker; guard; and finally, after 21 days they become a forager collecting pollen and nectar. For worker bees, it takes 21 days from egg to emergence. The worker bee has a barbed stinger and therby can only sting once and die shortly after.

Drone Bee 
These male bees are kept on standby during the summer for mating with a virgin queen, they do no work within the hive other than offering mating service.Drones die shortly after mating. There are only 300-3000 drones in a hive. The drone does not have a stinger. Because they are of no use in the winter, drones are expelled from the hive in the autumn.Type your paragraph here.

Honeybee facts