A lot of us consume honey at least once a week. In most households, a regular 16-ounce bottle of honey can last for an entire month.
But have you ever sat down and thought about how much effort it took to produce that much honey?
Well, as you surely know, natural honey is usually processed before bottled. But what happens to honey before it gets handled?
How much time did it take a hive to gather that much honey?
Scroll down and keep reading. You will find an answer to your question. More so, you will also learn how much effort it takes to make a single pound of honey.
How Does a Honeybee Produce 1 Pound of Honey?
Well, a common honeybee will visit around 150 flowers in a single flight. This may not sound very important, but according to many studies, to get a whole pound of honey, bees must visit approximately two million flowers.
This means that an ordinary bee would have to do about 13,333 flights. And that, they would have to travel about 55,000 miles while gathering nectar to produce a single pound of honey.
During this trip, the honeybee will gather about 30mg of nectar which will have to be taken back to the hive so it can be converted into honey.
To gather up enough of it to go back to its hive, a bee would have to visit 1,100 flowers.
The number may vary since there are flowers that secrete more nectar than others.
Although it may seem that bees travel long distances, they try to stay kind of close to the hive. They will not go farther than 2.5 miles away from it.
The good thing is that in these 2.5 miles, there are enough acres of flowers for a few months.
This is an incredible feat, but actually, an ordinary honeybee can produce only half a teaspoon of honey during its whole lifespan.
Since there are so many honeybees in one hive, in a single year, one hive can provide up to 80 pounds of honey.
To be exact, there can be up to 50,000 honeybees in a normally sized hive.
The fact is, there are many other types of bees in a colony apart from worker bees. And, some of them have other tasks like feeding the larvae or taking care of the queen bee.
Number of Flowers Bees Visit
To know the exact number of how many flowers a bee has to visit to produce a certain amount of honey, it would be instrumental to understand a few things that can give you a better idea on bees and their honey production.
To begin with, you should know that honeybees have been around for quite a while. There is evidence that bees have been around for about 100 million years. The most incredible fact about this is that they have not changed a lot in all this time.
Since then, there are many new, different kinds of honeybees, but the one that is most common was registered during the 17th century.
This means that the same unadulterated honey that we consume on a daily basis has had the same flavor and consistency for hundreds of years.
Bees can travel large distances, thanks to their two sets of wings. They can move at a speed of 12 mph, which allows them to visit almost 150 flowers on one flight.
Honey also keeps bees warm and healthy. All the honey that honeybees store during the year is used to keep them alive and well during the harshest and cold months.
If honeybees make about 80 pounds of honey a year, they will employ about 35 pounds during winter. This keeps them with enough energy to fly a few times per day.
As you can see, bees do a lot to produce just a few grams of honey. They not only travel long distances to produce minuscule amounts of honey, but they also help pollinate hundreds of crops.
This saves farmers around the world hundreds of dollars. So, consider this the next time you see a bee fly near you.
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