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Besides collecting nectar from flowers, bees select only
those pollens that contain the greatest amounts of protein and other nutrients.
BEE POLLEN is a storehouse of protein, vitamins and minerals. It is used to
combat the symptoms of illnesses and allergies by many customers. BEE POLLEN
also provides energy. It is recommended to start with small amounts and
gradually work up to 1 - 2 tsp daily. Add to cereal, blender drinks, or simply
eat it and enjoy the nutty, sweet/sour, taste.



Fun Facts about Honey Bees



  • Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that
    people can eat
  • Honey contains all of the substances needed to sustain
    life, including enzymes, water, minerals and vitamins
  • Eating honey can help you smarter! It is the only food to
    contain ‘pinocembrin’ that is an antioxidant that improves brain
    function
  • One bee will only make 1/12 of a teaspoon on honey in its
    entire life
  • Many plants rely on insects like bees in order to be
    pollinated; which is why they provide nectar to say thanks
  • A colony of bees can contain between 20,000 and 60,000
    bees, but only one queen bee
  • A bee’s wings beat 190 times a second, that’s 11,400
    times a minute!
  • Worker bees, who are all female, are the only ones who
    will attack you, and only if they feel threatened
  • It has been estimated that it would take 1,100 bee stings
    to produce enough venom to be fatal
  • Each colony smells different to bees, this is so they can
    tell where they live!
  • It would take 1,100 bees to make 1kg of honey and they
    would have to visit 4 million flowers
  • There are 900 cells in a bee’s brain
  • The queen bee will lay around 1,500 eggs a day
  • Bees have two separate stomachs; one for food and another
    just for nectar
  • Honey has natural preservatives so that it won’t go bad
  • A third of all the plants we eat have been pollinated by
    bees
  • Bees have been around for more than 30 million years
  • Bees communicate by smells called ‘pheromones’ and by
    performing special ‘dances’
  • Bee keepers only take the honey that the bees do not
    need, but this can be as much as 45kg from one hive!
  • There are lots of different types of honey which taste
    different depending on the flowers used to make it



 




1.
Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables.
This means that they help other plants grow! Bees transfer pollen between the
male and female parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.


2.
Honey bees live in hives (or colonies). The members of the hive are divided into
three types:


 


Queen:
One queen runs the whole hive. Her job is to lay the eggs that will spawn the
hive’s next generation of bees. The queen also produces chemicals that guide
the behaviour of the other bees.


 


Workers:
these are all female and their roles are to forage for food (pollen and nectar
from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean and circulate air by beating
their wings. Workers are the only bees most people ever see flying around
outside the hive.


 


Drones:
These are the male bees, and their purpose is to mate with the new queen.
Several hundred live in each hive during the spring and summer. But come winter,
when the hive goes into survival mode, the drones are kicked out!


 


3.
What are these buzzing bugs most famous for? Delicious honey!
But did you know they produce honey as food stores for the hive during winter?
Luckily for us, these efficient little workers produce 2-3 time more honey than
they need, so we get to enjoy the tasty treat, too!




4. If the queen bee dies, workers will create a new queen by
selecting a young larva (the newly hatched baby insects) and feeding it a
special food called 'royal jelly'. This enables the larva to
develop into a fertile queen.



5. Honey bees are fab flyers. They fly at a speed of around 25km
per hour
and beat their wings 200 times per second!



6. Each bee has 170 odorant receptors, which
means they have one serious sense of smell! They use this to communicate within
the hive and to recognize different types of flowers when looking for food.



7. The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks.
During this time, she’ll produce around a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.



8. The queen can live up to five years. She is busiest in the
summer months, when she can lay up to 2,500 eggs a day!



9. Honey bees are also brilliant boogiers! To share information
about the best food sources, they perform their ‘waggle dance’. When the
worker returns to the hive, it moves in a figure-of-eight and waggles its body
to indicate the direction of the food source. Cool, huh?



10. Sadly, over the past 15 years, colonies of bees have been
disappearing, and the reason remains unknown. Referred to as 'colony
collapse disorder
', billions of Honey bees across the world are leaving
their hives, never to return.




This information is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by th Food and Drug Administration. None of this information should be construed as a claim for the cure or prevention of disease