Honey Bees

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the Western honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax.  There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in 7 recognized biological families.

Honey bees are found worldwide since human introduction from Europe, western Asia, and Africa beginning in the 17th century.  They build nests inside tree cavities and under edges of objects to hide themselves from predators.  The Queen Bee may live 2 to 3 years.  Worker and Drone bees live from several weeks to a few months.

  • A honey bee visits more than 2,000 flowers on a good day
  • Honey bees may travel as far as 5 miles from the hive to collect nectar
  • The average honey bee flies between 15 and 20 miles per hour
  • Honey bees are the only insects that produce food for humans
  • A typical healthy hive may contain up to 50,000 honey bees during peak times

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