Bees Don't Sleep


That's right! Honeybees DON'T sleep! Not by our understanding of sleep, anyhow...

  • Honeybees are insects
  • Honeybees have 6 legs, 5 eyes, and 2 sets of wings
  • Honeybees can fly at about 20 mph
  • Most honeybees in a colony are workers, who live for about 6 weeks
  • Each colony has 1 queen, who will live for about 2-3 years
  • Both workers and queens are female
  • The male honeybees are called drones, and they do no work at all
  • There will be between 20,000-60,000 honeybees in one colony
  • Honeybees have been around for 30 million years
  • Only workers will sting, and only if they feel threatened
  • Worker honeybees will die once they sting
  • Drones have no stinger
  • Queens have a stinger, but don’t leave the hive to help defend it
  • A worker bee will collect about 1/10th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • It takes about 556 workers to gather 1 pound of honey
  • It takes the nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
  • A Canadian Prairie honeybee colony can produce an average of 170 pounds of honey in a single season
  • Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba produce most of Canada’s honey
  • Honey is a natural, unrefined food that does not spoil
  • Minerals found in honey include iron, copper, sodium, potassium, manganese, calcium, and phosphorous