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The Bee Man
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« on: March 06, 2006, 02:42:01 PM »

does it take to make a pound of honey?m  (That is about half a kilo.)

How many bees work their entire lifetimes to fill that bottle?

Is it true that to make that pound of honey, bees must fly a distance equal to the amount of miles if would be to navigating the planet?

Any other interesting and fascintaing bee and honey facts to entertain and delight John Q. Public?
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006, 03:24:18 PM »

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A worker bee will visit up to 200 flowers in one trip from the hive.  She will make about 15 trips a day.

On average bees only collect nectar for 3 weeks of their life.  During that time - a bee will gather enough nectar to product 1/16 teaspoon of honey.

Collectively, they visit 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey.

Collectively, they fly 55,000 miles to make a pound of honey.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2006, 04:27:57 PM »

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How many bees work their entire lifetimes to fill that bottle?


I have experience what swarm can do.

If I had 4 kg swarms, it gathers about 40 kg honey it's first summer in Finland in one month.

4 kg = 40 000 bees and 40 000 g extracted honey.

If you have 2 kg bees they are  able to collect perhaps 10 kg.

When you have 7 kg bees they collect in one month 60-80 kg honey.
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If bees must fly over 1 km  to nectar field (canola) half of honey will be loosed compared with that field is very near.

The more bees fly the less they get yield.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2006, 08:15:40 PM »

Very good stuff, Michael!  Exactly the kind of thing I am looking for.  I appeal to the rest of you for more.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2006, 10:31:46 PM »

I recall it being 1/12 teaspoon of honey production per bee.
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