Monday, 16 May 2011
Fun Facts About Bees & Honey ...
It's that time of the year when our household is all a buzz frantically spinning all our honey from our bees ... little time left to get any crafting done (tho' the lovely stamp set Nature Walk came in handy for the leaflets!?!)
So, for a little break from card making, here's 10 fun and interesting facts that you may (or may not) know about bees ...
1. Honeybees have five eyes.
2. A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
3. Honey stored in airtight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut's tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
4. A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight.
5. Drones have no stinger. They do no real work. Their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens.
6. Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb of honey.
7. Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb of honey.
8. On average a worker bee with make 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
9. Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honeybee flying once around the world.
10. Honeybees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.
So there you have it ... perhaps you've learnt something new or perhaps you'd like to know more about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping! If so, please click HERE for a link to my beekeeping website.
We still have a buzzy time ahead with lots more honey to extract ... but hopefully it wont be too long before I'm back to my card making!?!
Bye for now!
-x- Linda -x-