Honey Bees visit up to 5,000 flowers in one day
If you think that is amazing consider this: to make one pound of honey a hive of bees must travel over 55,000 and visit two million flowers, one honey bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe to make one pound of honey!
The average bee will only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in it’s lifetime. A honey bee will visit 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip. A honey bee can fly for up to 6 miles and as fast as 15 miles an hour.
Honey bees collect pollen and nectar as food for the entire colony and as they do they pollinate plants. Nectar stores within their stomachs is passed from one worker been to the next until the water within it diminishes – at this point the nectar becomes honey which workers store in the cells of the honeycomb.
Honey bees work day and night and take shifts sleeping inside the hive and their sleep patterns change as they grown up. Younger bees sleep a lot less than the older bees. The older foraging bees that collect pollen and bring it back to the hive have more of a regular sleeping pattern.
Globally there are more honey bees than any other type of bee and pollinating insects therefore it is the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees but also by other insects, birds and bats.
These brilliant bugs so why not plant flowers rich in nectar, such as lavender and bluebells which will help bees find the food they need. Be sure to choose local British honey which will support our honey bees and their bee keepers too! #SaveTheHoneyBees
Information supplied by the National Geographic Kids Magazine – https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/