What do we really know about bees and other insects, about their nature and the work they do?
The more we have learned about bees, honey and wax in recent years, the more we had to be amazed. Because a honey bee does not produce an average of more than 1 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. It takes about three weeks to produce this small amount. This means that it has to fly to up to 3,000 flowers per day and travel around 800 kilometers during its entire life. Since we have known, even the smallest honey residue in the jar is precious to us and is not carelessly wasted. After all, there is a whole lifetime achievement behind it! So before we rinse an empty honey jar, we not only scrape it out, but we loosen the remains with hot water and use them for tea. If honey sticks to the finger, it is licked off and only then washed. Who wants a lifetime’s work to go down the drain?
Why do bees produce honey?
We humans don’t need honey to survive, but bees do! The honey, made from nectar and some pollen, is used by the bees as food for themselves and for their brood, as well as for supplying food in the cold winter months.
A colony of bees produces around 300 kg of honey in one year. Depending on the size of a colony, the animals produce more honey than they eat themselves in the course of a year – the beekeeper therefore has an average of 30 kg left to remove.
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