Fun Facts

Did You Know:

  • A single honeybee makes 0.8g (1/10 tsp) of honey in its lifetime.
  • Bees contribute not only to the increased production of fruits and vegetables, but also to their size. (Crop pollination).
  • A honeybee flies at a maximum speed of 24 km/h and its wings beat 200 times per second, or 12,000 times per minute.
  • The colour and taste of honey varies, depending on the flowers (the source of nectar) visited by the bees.
  • The average lifespan of a honeybee during the working season is about six weeks.
  • In the summer, a colony of honeybees contains 50,000 to 80,000 bees.
  • The average Canadian consumes 1kg of honey a year.
  • Bees have four wings.
  • As native pollinators continue to disappear, the production of many everyday foods depends more and more on honeybees.
  • Honeybees must visit about 4 million flowers to produce 1kg of honey.
  • The individual cells of a honeycomb have six sides.
  • Bees have been producing honey from flowers for about 10 to 20 million years.
  • The bulging eyes of the drones help them to spot the queen.
  • In Canada, the value of fruits, vegetables and legumes from plants pollinated by bees is more than ten times the value of honey production.
  • There are nearly 11,000 beekeepers in Canada.
  • Each time a honeybee leaves the hive to seek food, it visits 50 to 100 flowers.
  • Mead is the name for wine produced from fermented honey.
  • A single colony of honeybees is enough to pollinate an entire acre of fruit trees.
  • Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the Canadian provinces that produce the most honey.
  • There are no African honeybees in Canada.

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