One-third of our food supply is dependent, either directly or indirectly, on insect pollination. Honeybees accomplish an estimated 80% of insect pollination. Honeybees are needed to pollinate a variety of fruits, berries, vegetables, tree nuts, oil seeds, and legumes.
A 1999 Cornell University Study reported that the direct value of honeybee pollination is over $14 billion annually. This value only reflects the value of increased crop yields and quality due to honeybee pollination. The study does not assign a value for honeybee pollination of home gardens, wildlife, etc.
Did you know?
Honeybees must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
A worker honeybee makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her entire lifetime.
A honeybee flies about 15 miles per hour.
Honeybees communicate through dance; it is called the waggle dance.
On average, a person consumes 1.1 pounds of honey per year.
A worker bee visits 50-100 flowers in one collection trip.
Worker bees live for 35-45 days.
A Queen bee can lay 3,000 eggs in a single day.
A colony contains:
1 Queen bee
500 – 1,000 Drones in a colony
50,000 to 60,000 Worker honeybees