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11 Things You Should Know Right Now About Honey Bees

They're in danger! Both Colony Collapse Disorder and honey-thieving bears are making life difficult for the little guys. Fortunately Jim Beam® Honey is donating money to save the honey bees and suing the bears! Follow #suethebears to keep up with all the action.

1. A hive of honey bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around earth, to collect 2.2 pounds of nectar to produce honey.

2. Honey bees are the only insect in the world that produce food eaten by man.

3. Honey bees' wings beat about 200 times per second. This is where the "buzz" you hear comes from.

4. Honey bee hives consist of 20,000 - 30,000 bees in the winter, and over 60,000 - 80,000 bees in the summer.

5. Worker bees live for 4-9 months during the winter season, but only 6 weeks during the busy summer months.

6. Worker bees are all female. The average worker will produce 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

7. A typical honey bee hive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year.

8. A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

9. During the summer months, queen bees can lay up to 2,500 eggs per day.

10. Honey bees communicate with each other by dancing.

11. Honey bees are mysteriously disappearing. It's called Colony Collapse Disorder. And it's real.