Celebrating Bees

Friday, August 17, 2012
Bee Health

Most of us have been stung by a honey bee at one point in time in our life, but honey bees do more than sting. They are highly organized insects that can fly for up to six miles while foraging and are able to engage in complex calculations and communications. One characteristic of bees most of us benefit from is the sweet taste of honey. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water. Actually bees do more than make honey; farmers depend on them to produce some of our favorite foods including almonds, blueberries and carrots.

For these and so many other reasons, we are celebrating National Honey Bee Day on August 18. The National Honey Bee Day program was started to bring together groups of people who had an interest in the health of honey bees. From beekeepers and bee associations to communities and individuals, we’ve all joined together to promote and increase awareness of the benefits of honey bees.

So, what are all of these benefits? Well, take a look at some of these facts and we’re sure you’ll realize just how vital bees are to our lives!

Honey Bee Facts

  • The average colony consists of 60,000 bees – ½ are working or pollinating bees

  • Bees will forage 1 to 5 miles from the hive – that’s the equivalent of humans traveling 1,600 miles for food

  • The average foraging bee visits 50 to 100 flowers each trip

  • It takes 1 million blossoms per acre to feed a colony of bees

  • It takes 30,000 bees to pollinate one acre

Honey Bee Impact on Agriculture

  • 1/3 of all plants eaten by humans are dependent on bee pollination

  • $15,000,000,000 a year in U.S. crops are pollinated by bees

  • 100 crops provide 90 percent of the world’s food – 70 are pollinated by bees

  • A farmer could lose 75 percent of his crop without honey bee pollination
The amount of time and dedication it takes to care for honey bees takes more than just one day a year, but takes a continued commitment to nurture the environment and surroundings in which bees reside. If you would like to learn more about honey bees or contribute to the cause, please visit the National Honey Bee Day program.

Tell us how you are celebrating honey bees! And share your honey bee pictures with us on Twitter @Bayer4CropsUS and Facebook Bayer Bee Care Center.

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