Honey bees fly about 50,000 miles (80,000 km) in order to make one pound (454 g) of honey. This amounts to the bees tapping into roughly two million flowers in order make this amount. A hive can produce 60 pounds (27 kg) during a really good season, but on average a hive will produce 20-30 pounds (9-13 kg).
More about bees and honey:
- Not all bees are honey bees — with a recorded number of nearly 20,000 species of bees, only the Apis bees collect honey.
- The oldest recorded remains of honey have been found in the Eurasian country of Georgia from a tomb dating back to 4,700-5,500 years ago.
- Royal jelly is used to feed the queen and larvae. The jelly is a creamy white and produced from the mouth of young bees. In modern medicine, royal jelly is used to treat conditions such as asthma, stomach ulcers, insomnia, and skin disorders.