Remarkable Facts about Honeybees

Once you read these incredible honeybee facts, you will want them floating around your yard all the time.

| March 2018

  • There are only 7 species of honeybee in the world.
    Photo by Pixabay/tkloppe
  • “Planting for Honeybees” by Sarah Wyndham Lewis teaches gardeners to use their backyards to give the honeybee population a helping hand.
    Photo courtesy of Quadrille Publishing

Planting for Honeybees (Quadrille, 2018) by Sarah Wyndham Lewis is a guide to help gardeners attract these friendly buzzing bees to their yards all season long. Wyndham Lewis also gives readers a look into the world and history of honeybees, showing why it is so important that they stick around. In the following excerpt, she tells readers her favorite honeybee facts.

The more we learn about honeybees, the more fascinating they are. They live not as individuals, but as a super-organism in a perfectly ordered society and they are in every way adapted to live purposeful and productive lives without wasting time, energy or natural resources. Here are a few glimpses into their complex world.

1. Of an estimated 25,000 known species of bee worldwide, only seven species are honeybees.

2. Honeybees have been on earth, making honey, for about 100 million years. (Modern humans have only been around for a fraction of that time – around 200,000 years.)

3. Honeybees are unique in storing honey to allow them to overwinter as a colony or to survive lean times. No other type of bee does this.

4. Honeybees play a role in pollinating around 30 per cent of our vegetables and fruit and 90 per cent of wildflowers. Good pollination leads to better cropping, feeding not just people, but also many animals, birds and insects.

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