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Sugar Free Sunday & Fun Facts About Bees

Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!

After doing a series of posts on honey labeling, I thought this week we could have a little fun with facts… facts on honey bees.

  • The honeybee’s wings flap their wings about 11,000 times per minute.
  • The male honey bees are called drones and are born from unfertilized eggs. They don’t do any work except for mating with the queen. They also don’t have any stingers.
  • The worker honey bees are always females but they are not able to reproduce.
  • The worker bee starts off by only cleaning the hive and feeding larvae. Then they move onto making comb cells then they gather pollen and nectar from the forager bees. Eventually when they’re old enough they become foragers.
  • The queens are developed from larvae selected by worker bees and specially fed Royal Jelly in order to become sexually mature.
  • Bees stop flying when the temperature drops below about 10°C (50°F) and crowd into the central area of the hive to form a “winter cluster”. They consume their stored honey to produce body heat.
  • Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination.
  • For one kilo of honey a single bee would have to visit 4 million flowers and fly a distance equivalent of more than 4 times around the earth.
  • Honeybees are not native to Canada or the USA. They are European in origin, and were brought to North America by the early settlers.
  • Honeybees can perceive movements that are separated by 1/300th of a second. Humans can only sense movements separated by 1/50th of a second. Were a bee to enter a cinema, it would be able to differentiate each individual movie frame being projected.
  • Honeybees communicate with one another by “dancing” to give the direction and distance of flowers.
  • The average honey bee will actually make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • The honeybee is not born knowing how to make honey; the younger bees are taught by the more experienced ones.
  • It is estimated that 1100 honey bee stings are required to be fatal.

How do you participate in the virtual potluck?

  • Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
  • Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
  • Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
  • Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
  • Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
  • In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
  • It’s not a party if no one chats! Please join the conversation by leaving a message in the comments section below. Also make sure you have the ‘Notify Me’ checkbox selected so that you can listen as well!
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We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!

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7 Responses to Sugar Free Sunday & Fun Facts About Bees

  1. Vicky says:

    I love this information! Thank you for all the posts, they’re so interesting! We need to make sure the bees are well looked after!!

    This week I shared my recipe for Rosemary and Garlic Bread Rolls!

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