5 Things You Never Knew About Bees

Published on: 19:43PM Jun 19, 2015

Happy Pollinator Week!

You probably know that honeybees and other pollinators play an important role in the production of billions of dollars of crops grown all across the globe.

Here are five lesser-known facts about honeybees you probably didn’t know. (Note: I get no credit from knowing these off-hand, they are part of a Bayer CropScience educational handout titled “Honey Bees Around Us.”)

  1. Each worker bee only produces 1/12 of a teaspoon on honey in her entire lifetime.
  2. A hive of bees has to fly nearly 55,000 collective miles to make a single pound of honey.
  3. The hard work pays off, though. They can convert honey into fuel that powers them at a rate of 5,000,000 miles per gallon.
  4. Honeybees were brought to America by early colonists. They are not native to North America.
  5. Unless you’re into eating chocolate-covered crickets, bees are the only insects that produce food for humans.

Bonus fact – bees can recognize human faces! Australian researcher Adrian Dyer explains:

So the next time you eat an apple, strawberry, apricot, avocado, peach, pear, nectarine, broccoli, watermelon, cucumber,eggplant, tomato or grape, thank a honeybee. That’s just a few of the dozens of crops they pollinate.