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Almost un’bee’lievable

Did you know that honey is one of the few foods on earth that alone can sustain human life? Here are more interesting facts.

Did you know that those bees you see in the evening, sitting on flowers, are old bees?

Old and sick bees don’t return to the hive at the end of their day.

They spend the night on flowers, and if they have the chance to see another sunrise, they resume their activity by bringing pollen or nectar to the colony.

They do this sensing that the end is near. No bee waits to die in the hive so as not to burden the others.

So, next time you see an old bee sitting upon a flower as the night closes in, thank the little bee for her lifelong service.

Source: Bloemfontein SPCA

Illustration photo: Yvonne de Kooker

Interesting to know: 

– One of the world’s first coins had a bee symbol.

– Honey contains live enzymes. When in contact with a metal spoon, these enzymes die.

– The best way to eat honey is with a wooden or plastic spoon.

– Honey contains a substance that helps the brain work better.

– Honey is one of the few foods on earth that alone can sustain human life.

– Bees saved people from starvation in Africa.

– A spoonful of honey is enough to keep a man alive for 24 hours.

– Propolis produced by bees is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics.

– Honey has no expiry date.

– The bodies of the world’s greatest emperors were buried in gold coffins, then covered in honey to prevent putrefaction.

– The term “Honeymoon” comes from the fact that the bride and groom consumed honey for fertility after their marriage.

– A bee lives less than 40 days, visits at least 1 000 flowers, and produces less than a teaspoon of honey, but for her, it is the work of a lifetime.

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