Bees in figures

The world of bees is astonishing in many ways. The figures below will give you an idea of the work done by this tireless creature.

A beehive can house between 30,000 and 60,000 worker bees and between 1,000 and 2,000 males but 1 queen.

The queen is the only one in each hive responsible for the reproduction of the species. She can lay an average of 2,000 eggs a day, so 130,000 a year and 500,000 in a lifetime.

During a season, a bee collects an average of 7 grams of honey; it would take it 140 years to collect a whole kilogram.


Maths test: How many flowers does a bee need to collect to produce 10g of honey?


You should know that to fill its pollen basket, one bee has to visit around 1,000 flowers.
This full basket represents around 75mg of nectar (so almost as heavy as the bee itself, which weighs around 85mg).
To become honey, nectar needs to lose about 2/3 of its water.

Result: Amount of honey resulting from a single outing after evaporation of 2/3 of its water: 75mg x 1/3 = 25mg,

              So for 10g of honey (10,000mg): 10,000 / 25 = 400 trips

              The number of flowers visited in 400 trips: 400 x 1,000 = 400,000 flowers to create 10g of honey!