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Bee Alert:

2015 Hawai'i Honey Festival September 26, 2015

Gazebo Stage: 10:30 pm - 12 noon  Bethany Trio

                             12:00 - 12:15 pm Honey Challenge Awards

                             12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Smack Dab

                              1:45 pm - 2:00 pm More Honey Challenge Awards

                              2:00 - 3:30 pm  Terrapin Station

                              3:30 pm - 3:45 pm People's Choice Honey Awards

Bee Facts

  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • The honey bee's wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz.
  • A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting.
  • A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.
  • Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work. Their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out.
  • A good worker bee gathers in her entire life 1/10 tsp of honey. ‬
  • Bees fly the equivalent of more than twice around the world to gather a pound ‬of honey.
  • Honey varies in color from white through golden to dark brown and usually ‬the darker the color the stronger the flavor.
  • The value of bees pollinating fruits, vegetables and legumes is 10 times the ‬value of honey produced.
  • "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.  
No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more man."..........Albert Einstein
  • Nectar as gathered by the bee contains about 70% water (Honey is about ‬17% water).
  • Bees remove the excess moisture from nectar by rapidly fanning their wings ‬over the open cells in the hive.
  • The queen honey bee lays up to 1,500 eggs per day, and may lay up to 1 million in her lifetime.
  • A prolific queen can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day.
  • Drones, the only male honey bees, die immediately after mating.
  • Honey bees maintain a constant temperature of about 93º F within the hive year-round.
  • Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens.
  • An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day. She can't carry pollen from that many flowers at once, so she'll visit 50-100 flowers before heading home.
  • Queens regulate the hive's activities by producing chemicals that guide the behavior of the other bees.

Q. How many bees in a hive?


A. 50,000 or more


Q. How far does a hive of bees fly to bring you one pound of honey?


A. Over 55,000 miles

Q. How much honey does the worker bee make in her lifetime?


A. 1/10 teaspoon

Q. How fast does a honeybee fly?


A.  15 mph

Q. What is the name given to wine made with fermented honey?


A. Mead

Q. How long have bees been producing honey from flowering plants?


A. About 10-20 million years

Q. What Scotch liqueur is made with honey?


A. Drambuie

Q. How many wings does a bee have?


A. Four

Q. How many eyes does a bee have?


A. Five. Two with compound lens, and three light sensors on top of her head.

  • Workers are the only bees that most people ever see. These bees are females that are not sexually developed.
  • Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, circulate air by beating their wings, and perform many other societal functions.
  • Modern hives also enable beekeepers to transport bees, moving from field to field as the crop needs pollinating
  • Virgin queens go on mating flights away from their home colony, and mate with multiple drones before returning. The drones die in the act of mating.
  • Honey bees perform tremble dances, which recruit receiver bees to collect nectar from returning foragers.
  • Eggs are laid singly in a cell in a wax honeycomb, produced and shaped by the worker bees.
  • Colonies are established not by solitary queens, but by groups known as "swarms", which consist of a mated queen and a large contingent of worker bees.
  • In 1911 a bee culturist estimated that a quart (approx.1 litre) of honey represented bees flying over an estimated 48,000 miles to gather the nectar needed to produce the honey.
  • It takes:       
  • 3 days for an egg to hatch.
  • 8 days from when the queen lays an egg for the larvae to be capped.
  • 21 days from when the queen lays an egg for a worker bee to emerge  from the cell.
  • 24 days from when the queen lays an egg for a drone to emerge from the cell.
  • 16 days from when the queen lays an egg for a virgin queen to emerge from the cell.
  • Honey Bees have 2 sets of wings, and six legs.
  • Honey bees have two stomachs.
  • There are 52 kinds of bees.
  • There are 16 kinds of honey bees.
  • There can only be one queen bee per hive, if there is more than one they will fight to the death or swarm.
  • The workers do a dance to show direction and duration to where food is located.
  • Honey bees stuff pollen in 'baskets' on their legs, and can carry almost half their weight in pollen.
  • Honey bees create wax in little flakes from glands under their abdomens.
  • Honey bees can not see the color white. That is why it is good to wear white in the summer. That is why bee suits are white.
  • Honey can last indefinitely if stored correctly; at less than 18.5% moisture content.
  • Honey should not be fed to babies under the age of 1 year due to the botulin toxin.
  • There are over 300 varieties of honey, because there are over 300 kinds of flowers.
  • Examples of honey were found in the Egyptian tombs.
  • Honey has been used for medicine by the Egyptians as far back as 5000 years!
  • Honey is very good for burns, abrasions, and indigestion.
  • The sting of the honey bee is used for arthritis; which is called Apitherapy.
  • Honey is an effective antimicrobial agent, which inhibits growth of bacteria.
  • Honey has an approximate pH of 3.9
  • Bees need to provide 70,000 loads of nectar, and travel 50,000 miles to produce a single pound of honey.
  • Bee colonies have been known to produce up to 300 pounds of honey in a single season.
  • Honey is a “perfect food,” which contains: large amounts of vitamins, minerals. Being particularly rich in vitamins B & C as well as vitamin A, beta-carotene, D, E, and K
  • Honey has all of the B-complex that are needed in the system for digestion and metabolism of sugar.
  • Also is rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, silicon, iron potassium, iodine, manganese etc.
  • Varieties can contain as much as 300 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams of honey.
  • Has a PH of 3.4 – 3.6, and can kill many kinds of bacteria it comes in contact with.
  • Honey has been proven to exhibit significant inhibitory effects on the bacteria that cause gastric ulcers.
  • Honey has been referenced by the ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Chinese and Romans
  • Honey as biblical references such as “Land of milk and Honey”, “Honeycomb” and is also mentioned in other religious texts such as the Koran.
  • Honey contains valuable nutrients that are easily digested by our bodies.
  • Honey has the potential to top 300 varieties.
  • In the raw form honey has a more therapeutic value.
  • Honey has monosaccharide (simple sugars), which are more easily assimilated than any other forms.
  • Does contain proteins, carbohydrates, and organic acids, along with antimicrobial compounds.
  • Honey has 63 calories of good carbohydrates and energy.
  • Honey has ample supplies of live enzymes, which are required for the proper functioning of all body systems. In fact it is one of the foods with the highest content of enzymes.
  • Honey has very good antioxidant properties.
  • Of the over 900 different remedies used in ancient Egypt, more than 500 were honey-based.
  • Honey has been used as a treatment for open wounds, including war wounds. Knights of the Crusade used honey as wound dressings and found it was a very effective treatment.
  • Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used honey to embalm their dead.
  • Hieroglyphics refer to honey as the “universal healer” and jars were placed in tombs of the dead.

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