Cave paintings show that for thousands of years, people all over the world have risked physical harm in the pursuit of honey.
The honey bee isn't a native bee; it was brought to the United States by colonists in the 1620s.
It's safe to be around bees in the garden while they are foraging for food.
Worker honey bees transform floral nectar into honey by adding enzymes and reducing the moisture.
The world's smallest bee is the Perdita minima, with a body length of only 0.078 inch long; Chalicodoma pluto is the world's largest bee, at 1.6 inches long.
Bees evolved from wasps, but bees are chubbier and usually quite hairy.
All bees have some branched hairs on their bodies.
Less than 1 percent of the U.S. population is allergic to bee stings.
Honey bees can fly more than eight miles from their nest, at 15 miles per hour, in search of food.
The queen bee may lay 600 to 800 eggs each day during her three- or four-year lifetime.
Bees make five to 12 trips from the nest each day.
Honey has been used for thousands of years as a topical dressing for wounds.
Source: Stephen Buchmann and "Letters From the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind."