Fun Facts

Fun Facts

PURPOSE

For centuries, beekeepers assumed  that bees sealed the beehive with propolis to protect the colony from the elements, such as rain and cold winter drafts. However, 20th century research has revealed that bees not only survive, but also thrive, with increased ventilation during the winter months throughout most temperate regions of the world.

Propolis is now believed to:

1. reinforce the structural stability of the hive

2. reduce vibration

3. make the hive more defensible by sealing alternate entrances

4. prevent diseases and parasites from entering the hive, and to inhibit bacterial growth

5. prevent putrefaction within the hive. Bees usually carry waste out of and away from the hive. However if a small lizard or mouse, for example, found its way into the hive and died there, bees may be unable to carry it out through the hive entrance. In that case, they would attempt instead to seal the carcass in propolis, essentially mummifying it and making it odorless and harmless.

Inherent Propolis is a natural antibiotic, which has the ability to diagnose a skin problem, then correct it and protect it against further damage from nature.  Healing is enhanced very quickly!  In a honey bee hive “ natural propolis” prevents growth of bacterial sources.  Propolis has proven to be effective against strains of bacteria that resist chemical antibiotics.

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Honey bees have to travel 150,000 miles (roughly 6 times around the world)  to yield 1lb of beeswax ( 530,000km for 1 kg ).


For every 10 lbs of honey, the expected  yield is 1 lb of wax.


Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour, with a wing stroke of 11,400 times per minute.  This is the "Bzzzzz!" sound you hear!


The queen may lay 600—1500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year life span.


Honey bees have 5 eyes, 3 on the top of their head and 2 larger ones in front.


Honey bees have hair on their eyes.


Honey bees never sleep.


Many cultures believe the honey bee represents the soul.