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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

How bees make honey?

Honey is a sweet, sticky yellowish-brown fluid made by bees from nectar collected from flowers. They take a long time to make honey and each bee can only make around 12th of a teaspoon of honey in their whole life! The bees make honey by visiting flowers. They collect a sugary juice called nectar from the blossom by sucking it out with their tongues. They store it in what's called their honey stomach, which is different from their food stomach. When they have a full load, they fly back to the hive. There, they pass it on through their mouths to other worker bees who chew it for about half an hour. It's passed from bee to bee until it gradually turns into honey. It is because the nectar that goes through their stomach and mixes with the tins inside. Then the bees store it in honeycomb cells, which are like tiny jars made of wax. The honey is still a bit wet, so they fan it with their wings to make it dry out and become more sticky. When it's ready, they seal the cell with a wax lid to keep it clean. So that's how bees make honey. They don't make a lot of it, though. It takes, at least, eight bees all their life to make one single teaspoonful. Fortunately for us, they usually will make more than they will need, so we can have some too. 

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