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Honey Bees Are Social Insects
are social insects with specific roles within a honey bee hive. A bee
colony includes worker bees, drones and a queen.
which are all female, are the only bees to collect nectar. Worker bees
cooperate to find food and use a pattern of "dancing" to communicate
location of nectar to other worker bees.
(male bees) remain with the hive to fertilize the queen. After
fertilizing the queen, the drone dies. The life span of a drone is 21
to 90 days depending on the time of year, but drones do not live
Queen - the queen (only 1 per hive) can lay up to 1,500 eggs per day.
Importance of Honey Bees
Honey bees pollinate up to
80% of agricultural crops and gardens. Each honey bee transfers pollen
from one plant to another as they search for nectar. This fertilizes
the plants and enables them to bear fruit. Blackberries, Blueberries,
Onions, Broccoli, Chili Peppers, Watermelons, Coconuts, Cucumbers,
Squash, Strawberries, Apples and dozens of other crops.
Inside the Hive and the Bee Dance
Colony Collapse Disorder
Honey bees have been under
significant stress for years. Bee populations have been significantly
reduced worldwide referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD.
Scientists continue to study the causes, but it remains unknown if the
cause is a disease or syndrome. In the meantime, beekeepers and the
honey industry have been forced to import bees from Australia at
Due to the critical roles that honey bees provide as pollinators,
Colony Collapse Disorder has potentially devastating effects.
Interestingly, the bees in the Florida panhandle that produce Tupelo
Honey have so far escaped CCD --
USA Today reports, May 2007
The Importance of Bees and CCD
More Honey Bee Facts
beat their wings 11,400 times per minute, whereas Hummingbirds beat
their wings 720 to 5,400 times per minute (depending on the species)
On average it takes 12 bees working their entire life to make one teaspoon of honey
Honey bees have to visit about two million flowers to make a single pound of honey
To produce 1 pound of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 2 times the distance around the earth
All worker bees are females, but they can’t lay eggs
From egg to emerging as an adult: Queen 17 days, Worker 21 days and Drone 24 days
A healthy colony of bees contains between 40,000 and 60,000 bees
following video the life cycle of a honey bee is presented as an
example of complete metamorphosis, the development of an insect from
egg to larva, then pupa, then adult.
Life Cycle of Honey Bees
The State of Florida produces about 30 to 40 million pounds of honey a
year. At ArmadilloPepper.com, we offer all of the popular Florida
honeys including: Tupelo, Orange Blossom, Gallberry and Wildflower.