Did you know that…
It takes worker bees 10 million trips to gather enough nectar to make 0.5kg (1lb) of honey?
Bees from a single hive may make four and a half million visits to flowers in the course of one day’s work?
More than one thousand workers will die every day in the summer from sheer exhaustion?
And the life expectancy of the bee is a mere six weeks during this time!
Bees are very important to the environment and there is strong circumstancial evidence that the first bees appeared during the Cretaceous period (146 to 76 million years ago). It is widely believed that during this period, the first true mammals and the first true flowering plants appeared.