Our friends at Arataki Honey remind us that National Bee Week is May 4 – 8. BayBuzz would indeed be derelict if we didn’t help spread the buzz.
Just how good is your bee knowledge? Take our quick “Bee in the Know” quiz. Answers at end … no cheating!
1. All worker bees are: a) male, b) female, c) both genders share the workload.
2. How much honey does a bee produce in her lifetime? a) one teaspoon (5gms), b) two teaspoons (10gms), c) ten teaspoons (50gms).
3. To produce a kilogram of honey, bees must visit how many flowers?
a) 500,000 flowers, b) about 1 million flowers, c) over 3 million flowers.
4. Where do bees mate? a) anywhere dark, b) only in the hive, c) high in the sky.
5. After mating, which of the following does the male bee lose: a) his virginity, b) his reproductive parts, c) his life, d) all of these.
6. How many eggs can a Queen Bee produce in a day? a) 500 eggs, b) 2000 eggs, c) depends on her mood.
7. All the unfertilized eggs become: a) nothing, b) males, c) rabbits.
8. Bees especially like: a) black & yellow stripes, b) blue, c) they’re color blind.
9. Which of these famous Kiwis was once a beekeeper: a) Dan Carter, b) Winston Peters, c) Sir Ed Hillary, d) Dave Dobbyn.
10. How much of the food we eat depends upon bees for pollination?
a) about 10%, b) about one-third, c) more than half.
New Zealand’s bee population supports an estimated $100 million honey industry. This recent NZ Herald article explains just how vital bees are, and why their depletion is such a serious problem.
Answers: 1 (female), 2 (5gms), 3 (over 3 mil), 4 (in sky), 5 (all), 6 (2,000), 7 (males), 8 (blue), 9 (Sir Ed), 10 (one-third)