The SOWEGA Beekeepers Club is a growing group of bee enthusiasts
from the Southwest Georgia area, meeting in Albany, Georgia.
We were formed in 2011.
Facts about Honeybees:
2. Honeybees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.
3. The honeybee was not known in the Americas until Spanish, Dutch, and English settlers introduced it near the end of the 17th century.
4. Honeybees have 4 wings.
5. Honeybees stroke their wings 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
6. A honeybee flies about 12 miles per hour.
7. Honeybees have five eyes.
8. Honeybees communicate with one another by "dancing" and sent.
9. The queen bee will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum population.
10. In the cold winter months, bees will leave the hive only to take a short cleansing flight.
11. Honeybees are fastidious about the cleanliness of their hive.
12. Honeybees do not die out over the winter. Instead they form a cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm. Feeding on the honey they collected during the warmer months.
13. It takes about 60 pounds of honey to provide enough energy for a colony of bees to survive the winter.
14. Each honeybee colony has a unique odor that members use like I.D. cards at the hive's entrance. Individual honeybees smell enough alike allowing the guard bees can identify them as part of the colony.