AMAZING BEEKEEPING FACTS


Compiled by Bob Sitko

Stillwater, MN  



  1. Bees have 4 wings, 5 eyes, and 6 legs.

  2. A single beehive usually contains 10,000 to 40,000 bees.

  3. It takes 8 to 10 pounds of nectar to make one pound of honey.

  4. Bees smell through their antenna and feet and have no ears.

  5. A honeybee can fly about 15 miles per hour.

  6. A bee makes up to 20 trips a day gathering food or water.

  7. A bee produces less than one-quarter teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

  8. The 6 sided hexagon shape of honeycomb is the strongest shape per material weight.

  9. To make a pound of honey, bees have to travel 55,000 miles and visit 2 million blossoms.

  10. Bees normally forage up to 2 miles from the hive, covering more than 8,000 acres.

  11. Two tablespoons of honey would fuel one honeybee to fly around the world.

  12. There is only one queen bee in each hive, and she lays about 1,500 eggs per day

  13. Queens only mate during one session in their lives and can live for 7 years.

  14. All worker bees are immature females and during the summer live about 6 weeks.

  15. Drones don’t feed themselves and don’t have a stinger (or a defensive attitude.)

  16. Bees require only nectar, pollen, and water to survive on earth.

  17. Propolis is tree sap used by the bees to varnish, glue and caulk the inside of the hive.

  18. Man uses propolis in pharmaceuticals (Russian penicillin) both internally and externally. 

  19. Bees don’t freeze solid in winter (like ants) but cluster and shiver in the hive to stay warm.

  20. Honey was used as a healing antiseptic by the Romans on war wounds.

  21. Honey is so hygroscopic; it can absorb moisture from bacteria, killing them.

  22. Mead, a wine made from honey, was man’s first alcoholic beverage.

  23. Bee stings make your body produce cortisone, warding off arthritis and cancer.

  24. The queen can lay fertilized eggs, which hatch to be females, workers or unfertilized eggs, which hatch to be males, drones. 

Bees winter wrapped. Cold-cutting wind kills bees, not the cold.

This is what happens when you kiss a bee, honey.

The Anderson Report Features:

Master Beekeeper Bob Sitko

Bob Sitko compiled the Amazing Bee Facts above, the bee keeping lessons and he also provided us with some of the amazing bee photographs on this site.


Email Bob

Kevin Karge has provided us with some of the amazing bee photographs on this site.


For more of his photos please visit his Big Stock Photo archive.


Kevin is also the Owner and Director of Lifetime Productions and has a bee video series archived here.

Beekeeping Lessons:

Lesson 1. Getting Started

Click on picture for amazing bee photos.