Busy as a Bee

August 13th, 2011
by Royal W. Draper

The saying “Busy as a Bee” is reflected in the picture below. Notice the jagged edges on this worker bees wings. She has obviously been a busy bee! A bees wings beat at around 11,000 times a minute as they fly around collecting nectar, pollen, propolis and water for their hive. They fly around 15 miles per hour and will visit between 50 and 100 flowers on each trip. Working that hard is why they only live for around 6 weeks during the production season.  An entire battalion of worker bees will have to fly over 55,000 miles to collect enough nectar to make a single pound of honey.

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