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Here is a short poem I wrote about honeybees. My first published book of poetry will be available soon!


by Stuart Russell

Bumbling through

Life over barren landscapes, resting periodically

Under hollow, dying trees.

Endlessly searching, for the elusive honeybees.

Honeybees seem to be very elusive these days and it has been a while since I have spotted one in the UK. Disease and parasites have been blamed for the huge fall in honeybee numbers throughout the last few years. It is suggested they are on the brink of becoming endangered in the UK, with over one tenth of the British bee population dying out.

Honeybees have been around for millions of years and are the only insects in the world that make food suitable for human consumption. Honey contains all the ingredients necessary to sustain human life. Bees are also responsible for the pollination of most plant species we rely on. Finding a solution to the bees survival is vital.

Dead Hive 2009 - by Stuart Russell

Below are some interesting facts about honeybees:

  1. A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.
  2. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.
  3. It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  4. A honeybee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  5. The average worker bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  6. A hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles, the equivalent of three orbits around the earth, to collect 1 kg of honey.
  7. It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
  8. A honeybee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

Learn more about bees at The British Beekeepers Association