It's all about that buzz

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​Here are some fun facts about bees and beeswax!

  • Beeswax is strong enough to hold 40x its weight in honey. The wax comes from glands on the bees’ abdomens and is produced by “middle-aged worker bees”.
     

  • Bees communicate through smell (pheromones). For example, worker bees release a pheromone when they want other bees to come look at something - it smells a lot like lemongrass!

  • It takes the lifetime of 12 bees to make just one 1tsp of honey. It really is liquid gold.

  • Honey bees have five eyes - two compound eyes consisting of thousands of lenses each and three ocelli, or ‘simple eyes’.

  • Bees hang together in a chain, known as festooning, and use their bodies to measure and align the wax comb.

  • Bees can't see the color red, but they can see in the ultraviolet spectrum (which humans cannot). Bees can also easily distinguish between dark and light – making them very good at seeing edges.

  • Honey bee wings beat 230 times per second. Their top speed is 15-18 mph while traveling to a food source and about 12mph when returning with nectar, pollen, propolis, or water.

  • Any young female bee egg has the potential to become an adult queen bee. A worker larva is turned into a  queen when it is fed extra nutrient rich royal jelly and given more room to grow!

  • Approximately one-third of the food we eat is the result of honey bee pollination. Thanks for work’n so hard, bees!

  • Beeswax helps to lock in moisture, making it a great defense against dry skin, lips or hair. It  has been used in beauty products for thousands of years.

  • Honey can be used as a substitute for sugar in many food and drink recipes. Use the ratio of ¾ honey to 1 sugar.

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