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Six things you need to know about bees...

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1 a bee col­lects just 0.04g of nec­tar on each trip from the hive; it takes about two mil­lion flower vis­its to pro­duce 500g of honey.

2 In 2015, a study found that bees con­trib­ute £651m to the econ­omy ev­ery year through pol­li­na­tion which is £150m more than the Royal fam­ily brings into the econ­omy through tourism.

3 Hu­mans have been us­ing bee prod­ucts for mil­len­nia. Beeswax fill­ings have been found in 6,500-year-old hu­man skulls.

4 Bees saved Henry V’s life: his sur­geon used honey (a nat­u­ral an­tibac­te­rial agent) to treat an ar­row wound on the king’s face.

5 Sher­lock Holmes was an api­arist. In one story, His Last Bow, au­thor arthur co­nan Doyle re­tired the age­ing de­tec­tive to a Sus­sex cot­tage to keep bees.

6 Real-life keep­ers in­clude film star Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, arch­bishop Justin Welby, and the Queen – Buck­ing­ham Palace gar­den has

its own honey-mak­ing hives.

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