A little (but important) life: in her short lifetime of 4–6 weeks, the average female worker bee only produces around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey & 1/8th of a pinkie nail of beeswax... It’s enough to do your head in and swear you off honey and beeswax... until you realise that in fact a beehive is a super-organism. The average beehive has 40,000 or so bees in it. Of those, there is typically a single Queen Bee, 100 or so drones & the remaining 39,899 bees are female worker bees.
Aussie beehive activity: productive beehives will produce in excess of 45kgs of honey per year yielding around 7kgs of beeswax. To produce 1kg of honey, worker bees will fly around 600,000 kms & visit around 13 million flower blossoms (our bees love blue & purple coloured flowers the most).
Queen B sources wax from over 57 million Aussie bees! We use over 10 tonnes of pure Australian beeswax at Queen B every single year... so at the risk of giving you the same attack of humility we have every day, Queen B has around: 1,430 beehives | housing 57 million bees | flying 13.3 million km’s (8,222 million miles) | visiting 288 billion flowers every year, phew.
Bees & our economy: Australian bees contribute around $6 billion a year by pollinating food crops (2014 Senate inquiry into the Future of Beekeeping and Pollination Services) and these small insects are worth more than $19 billion a year to the Australian economy. Self evidently without the bees, a big part of Australia's economy would likely collapse and, like so many things in life, you don't notice them until one day they are no longer there.
Long live the bees! Sadly the world's bees are dying out, bee populations in Europe & Asia have more than halved recent years. Today, Australia remains the only continent in the world whose bees haven't fallen victim to the deadly Varroa Mites (the vampire of bees: an insect that eats bees alive and contaminates their hives). Australian honey & beeswax is uniquely, naturally free from the chemical miticides used to manage Varroa and has, as a result, increased the price of our beeswax by over 400% in the past 7 years. Australian honey is regarded as some of the best in the world & most of it remains free of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, anti-biotics and so on, many of which are toxic to bees (and humans!).
Queen B is so very grateful to our Australian bees - thank you!
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