Apis mellifera (genus and species)

There are 3 types of bees- workers, drones and one queen per hive

80,000 bees in each hive at the height of the season

A worker bee will produce approximately 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
Honeybees sting only to protect the queen and the hive—they die after stinging when their stinger falls out
60% of the crops in New Jersey are pollinated by the honeybee, our state insect
Most honeybees in New Jersey are managed by beekeepers: there are very few feral hives due to disease and increase of land development
Bees carry nectar in a special “honey stomach”
Bees carry pollen in “pollen baskets” on their legs
Beekeepers only harvest “extra” honey, they never short the hive
A queen bee lives 2 to 3 years, workers (female) and drones (male) live approximately 6-8 weeks
Honey and beeswax are used medicinally worldwide, they are antimicrobial

Honey and beeswax are foods that produce hydrogen peroxide making them antimicrobial

Honey is the only food that NEVER goes bad
Honey can be used on minor burns or scrapes, it will help prevent scarring and promote healing
Honey contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants
A few honeybee-friendly plants to consider planting in your own yard
Alpine Aster – Aster alpinus
Ageratum – Ageratum houstonianun
Black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckla hirta
Candytuft – Iberis sempervirens
Chives – Allium schoenoprasum
Common Milkweed – Asclepias syriaca
Common Speedwell – Vernoica latifolia
English Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Oregano – Origanum vulgare
Sedum – Sedum spectabile
Spike Speedwell – Veronica spicata