Did you know?
Their wings flap 11,000 times per minute, which is why it sounds like they are "buzzing".
Honeybees can only sting once, because their stingers are barbed and tear off when they try to get away-one exception-the Queen bee is the only honeybee that can live after it stings someone.
A honeybee never sleeps.
Honeybees have to visit 5 million flowers to make one pint of honey.
Honeybees produce honey from pollen and nectar of the plants they pollinate.
One honeybee only makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in it's lifetime.
All Worker bees are female. There will be 10's of thousands in a colony.
A worker bee's average life span in season is about 45 days. In the winter, they live about 4 months.
Drones (the males) have no stinger.
There will only be a few hundred Drones in a colony in season. They are killed off before winter since they are not needed for mating until spring.
Drones die after they mate with a Queen.
The Queen lives 1-4 years.
The Queen lays approx. 1,500 eggs a day.
The Queen can determine whether to lay a fertilized or non-fertilized egg.
What makes a Queen?-A fertilized egg that has been fed a strict diet of royal jelly. These eggs are anticipated and planned for by the colony, and they usually build a large peanut-like protruding cell to accomadate the new Queen's larger size. (called a Queen-Cell)
Colonies that wish to divide if they are cramped will build Queen cells on the bottom of the frames called Swarm Cells.
Swarms are a colonies way of dividing naturally.
A Swarm is a large number of bees that fly away with the old Queen, only after a new Queen is hatched that will remain with the remaining bees to take-over the existing colony.
Colonies that wish to replace their Queen but remain in the hive will build the Queen cells in the center of a frame.
Some Worker bees lay non-fertilized eggs. (these if hatched, will be Drones).
One way for a Beekeeper to tell if it is a Worker laying eggs is that the egg will not be positioned in the center of the cell like a Queen lays-this is because a Worker has a much smaller abdomen.
Did you know? Many beekeepers in the area have live bees shipped in the spring from Georgia or Tennesee via the US Mail!