1. There are over 4,000 species of native bees in the United States.
  2. Bees are related to the ant.
  3. Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that humans can eat.
  4. Nectar from about 2 million flowers makes 1 pound of honey.
  5. Honey has natural preservatives and bacteria can't grow in it.
  6. Honey was found in the tombs in Egypt and it was still edible! 
  7. Bees can smell hundreds of floral varieties and identify pollen from miles away!
  8. A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth to collect 1 kg of honey.
  9. It only takes about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a bee to fly around the world
  10. The honey bee does not know how to pollinate tomato or eggplant flowers. 
  11. Bees have two stomachs - one stomach for eating and the other is for storing nectar. 
  12. Bees can better identify native plants as food sources than foreign plants.
  13. Every 3rd mouthful of food is produced by bees pollinating crops. 
  14. Honey bees contribute over $14 billion to the value of U.S. crop production.
  15. U.S. honey bees also produce about $150 million in honey annually.
  16. Colony collapse disorder is partly responsible for the loss of some of our bees.
  17. Male drone bees don't have a stinger.
  18. If a worker bee uses her stinger, she will die.
  19. Swatting at bees causes them to release pheromones that call for more bees. 
  20. Bees depend on flowers Spring, Summer, & Fall. When planning your gardens, be sure to include nectar sources for all seasons.