Dick's Beekeeping Banter

Beekeeping FAQ

Our bee facts and glossary are a collection of interesting facts about bees and also beekeeping terms that are commonly used.

  1. A honey bee can fly up to 15 miles per hour.
  2. The average worker honey bee makes 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  3. To make one pound of honey, honey bees must tap 2,000,000 flowers.
  4. A hive of honey bees must fly over 55,000 miles to bring in one pound of honey.
  5. It would take about one ounce (two tablespoons) of honey to fuel a honey bee’s flight around the world.
  6. The U.S. per capita consumption of honey is 1.31 pounds.
  7. To make one pound of honey, honeybees must gather 10 pounds of nectar.
  8. A honey bee visits between 50-100 flowers during one collection trip.
  9. Honeybees communicate through a series of “dances” and use the sun as a reference point to communicate to other bees the angle of flight to be followed to arrive at newly discovered nectar-bearing flowers.


  • Brood - Baby Bees.
  • Brood Chamber - Where eggs are laid and the young bees grow.
  • Propolis - A antibacterial material that bees create to clean the hive.
  • Royal Jelly - A special food that bees create and feed to young bees and the queen bee.
  • Bee Pollen - Gathered from plants and mixed with bee secretions to create food for young bees.
  • Nectar - Gathered from plants and used to make honey.
  • Foundation - Material in the hive where the bees lay eggs or store honey and food.
  • Frame - Hold the foundation together when it is in the hive body.
  • Honey Super - A hive body where the bees store honey.
  • Apiary - A place where bees and bee hives are kept.
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Preparing to swarm

in the spring when the hive is noted to have bees hanging on the outside, about how long is it before they swarm?


I like the picture with the marked queen! Look at all her nurse bees attending to her. Awesome!

Bee Keeping Banter

I found this to be a very informative page. I really enjoy learning more about bees and found it interesting how hard they have to work to produce so little honey. Jamie Croft

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