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Offline The Bee Man

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how many bees
« on: March 06, 2006, 03:42:01 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?

Offline leominsterbeeman

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006, 04:24:18 PM »
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does it take to make a pound of honey?


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, 05:27:57 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, 09:15:40 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, 11:31:46 PM »
I recall it being 1/12 teaspoon of honey production per bee.