A single hive of fifty thousand honeybees can pollinate half a million plants in one day
The bees’ role in the food chain is so important that in 2007 The National Audit Office collated research working out the value of honeybees to the UK economy. The value of the bees’ services were estimated at £200m a year. The retail value of what they pollinate was valued closer to £1bn.
The average honey bee will produce about one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
There are cave paintings dated over 13,000 years old depicting beekeeping
The Queen Bee was known as the king until the 1660s, when Dutch scientist Jan Swammerdam discovered the hive’s big bee had ovaries!
Worker bees are all female
It would take about one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
Some Gardeners use honey as a root hormone
All honey will granulate. In fact, this is one of the ways of knowing its quality. It can easily be restored to its liquid state by gentle warming – not heating.
The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man
“According to New Zealand’s leading manuka association, 1,800 tonnes a year of the honey are now consumed in the UK each year, out of an estimated 10,000 tonnes globally. Yet production of the genuine stuff is set at just 1,700 tonnes, or the equivalent to more than three million small jars. Unless Britain has somehow managed to secure all of it, there’s a lot of fake manuka on our shelves”. The Independent Sunday 22 February 2015
Many Romans used honey to pay their taxes
fossils of honey bees date back about 150 million years