You may be afraid of them. But the more you know about bees, the more you can appreciate these unique insects.

Bees fly an average of 55,000 miles to produce honey but they don’t know how to make honey when they are born. They learn it in the hive. A single bee can collect enough nectar to make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.

Orchid bees are the most colorful bees. They have brilliant iridescent colors of green, blue, and red. The males visit orchid flowers.

Long, overgrown grasses create a perfect habitat for nesting and overwintering native bees, and flowering weeds are a staple nectar and pollen source for them.

Although Utah enjoys the title “The Beehive State,” the top honey-producing states include California, Florida, and South Dakota.



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