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- The honeybee hive is perennial. Although quite inactive during the winter, the honeybee survives the winter months by clustering for warmth. By self-regulating the internal temperature of the cluster, the bees maintain 93 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the winter cluster (regardless of the outside temperature).
- Honeybees represent a highly organized society, with various bees having very specific roles during their lifetime: e.g., nurses, guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers, royal attendants, undertakers, foragers, etc
- Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination – honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination.
- Bees collect 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive.
- Honey is used by the bees for food all year round. There are many types, colors and flavors of honey, depending upon its nectar source. The bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowering trees and plants.
- Honey is hydroscopic and has antibacterial qualities.
- Eating local honey can fend off allergies.
- Beeswax, secreted from honey bee glands, has many applications, including drugs, cosmetics, furniture polish and candles.
- Royal Jelly, the powerful, milky substance that turns an ordinary bee into a Queen Bee, is made of digested pollen and honey or nectar mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in a nursing bee’s head.
- Honeybees, of European origin, are not native to the USA.
- Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.