Honey Bees: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know

There’s been a bit of a buzz in the news lately concerning bees and their dwindling population. Most of us were taught that bees help pollinate and spread flowers, as well as making honey, but did you know that honey bees are vital to successful blueberry and cherry crops across the country, which are 90% reliant on bee pollination? Thanks to beesmatter.ca, here are four more facts you might not know about these hard working honeys:

1. A bee’s biggest threat is the varroa mite, which feeds off the blood of honey bees.

2. The average speed of a honey bee’s flight is 24 km/hour.

3. Bees collect an average of 1/12 tsp. of honey in their lives.

4. The average lifespan of a honey bee is 2 months.

Good news! Over the long term, bee populations are on the rise in Canada – let’s keep up the good work on attracting and taking care of our honey bees. Plant these types of flowers to help draw bees to your garden: Alyssum, Asters, Echinacea, Geranium, Poppies, Black-eyed Susans and Clovers.

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