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“These bees don’t belong to me
I’m just here taking care of them.”
— Darrell Rufer, beekeeper for 40 years.
The bees win employee of the month, every month.

If you’ve ever crunched on a handful of almonds, sliced a tomato for your BLT or drizzled honey on toast, you can thank the bees.

In fact, over one-third of the world’s crop production is dependent on their pollination. They really are, busy bees.

Get to know a bee.

There’s more to a bee than their honey. Hover or click on the circles for more facts about bees, pollination and being a bee’s friend.
During the production period, or spring and summer, a worker bee’s average life span is 6 weeks.
A bee travels an average of 1,600 round trips in order to produce 1 ounce of honey – as far as 6 miles per round trip.
Bees from the same hive visit approximately 225,000 flowers per day — one bee usually visits between 50 and 1,000 flowers per day, but sometimes up to several thousand.
Bees fly an average of 13-15 miles per hour and their wings beat 180 times per second.
To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to four times around the earth.
During the production period, or spring and summer, a worker bee’s average life span is 6 weeks.
A bee travels an average of 1,600 round trips in order to produce 1 ounce of honey – as far as 6 miles per round trip.
Bees from the same hive visit approximately 225,000 flowers per day – one bee usually visits between 50 and 1,000 flowers per day, but sometimes up to several thousand.
Bees fly an average of 13-15 miles per hour and their wings beat 180 times per second.
To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to four times around the earth.