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Monday, 4 April 2016

How bees make honey - Lily

What are bees
bees are a stinging winged insect which collects nectar and pollen from flower and make it into honey and wax.

Queen bee
The name queen bee is typically used to refer to an adult, mated female that lives in a honey bee colony or hive she is usually the mother of most bees, if not all of the bees in the beehive. The queens are developed from larvae selected by worker bees and specially fed in order to become mature. There is normally only one adult in the bee hive , in which case the bees will usually follow and fiercely protect her.

Honey
Honey is a sweet, sticky yellowish-brown liquid made
by bees and the nectar from flowers.

How bees make honey
They suck the nectar from a blossomed flower with their tongue and they store it in there honey stomach (which is different from their food stomach).

When they have a full load they fly back to their hive and they pass it through their mouth to other worker bees who chew it for about half an hour, its past from bee to bee until it turns into honey.

After that the bees store it into a place called honeycomb cells which are like little jars made of wax, by then the honey is still a bit wet so they fan it off with there wings to make it dry out and make it more sticky, when it's done they seal the cell with a wax lid to keep it clean.

It takes at least 8 bees to make a single teaspoon
but for us they usually make more than they need.

- Lily

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