bee happy: honeycomb heaven
»December 27th, 2010 by andi

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In honor of Wikileaks revealing what’s causing our little pollinating friends to permanently buzz off – a pesticide called clothianidin – we’re paying homage to bees, their honeycomb havens and their contribution to design.

Some honey bee facts:
1. The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.
2. Their scientific species name is Apis mellifera.
3. Each bee colony is made up of between 20,000-45,000 honeybees and one queen.
4. Worker honey bees are always sexually undeveloped females, who live 6 to 8 weeks and do all the work. [Of course they do!]
5. Their wings beat an average of 11,400 times per minute.
6. They communicate the distance and direction of flowers with each other by with one another by dancing.
7. Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
8. Worker honey bees collectively fly about 55,000 miles and tap into two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
9. Honey, the sweet nectar that we’ve all come to know and love so much is produced by honey bees constantly regurgitating.
10. The target temperature of a hive is 95° F, and bees are able to maintain this temperature with outside temperatures as low as -50° F.

This is not for the birds people, it’s for the bees.

a. superflylullibies|baby blanket b. bonnaroo|poster c. etsy|silver necklace d. etsy|flour sack towel e. etsy|hat f. maron pot studios|sculpture g. etsy|coat rack h. brushy mountain bee farm|candle mold i. bed bath & beyond|organizer j. etsy|clock k. colconk products|flask m. manuelle gautrand|sculpture at the la gaîté lyrique n. mod cloth|ear muffs o. burke decor|door mat p. etsy|tie

3 Responses to “bee happy: honeycomb heaven”

  1. Hannah says:

    Loving the baby blanket and coat rack!

  2. andi says:

    I love that baby blanket too. Thanks Hannah!

  3. Emily says:

    Well-liked. We need those little buzzers, errr, maybe without their stingers.

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