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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

How bees make honey

Honey is a sweet, sticky, yellowish liquid made from bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers. Honey is the bee's food but beekeepers take the honey from their hive to sell it and make money.
A bee is a stinging winged insect that if anything that provokes it, it will sting as a sign of defence. These bees are like some of the insects that collect nectar & pollen. They collect nectar by sucking nectar with their tongue and they collect pollen using the hairs on their body and their eyes
Bees start making honey by visiting flowers and collecting a sugary juice called nectar from the blossom by sucking it out with their tongues. They store it in what is called their honey stomach and then fly back to the hive.
Bees have been producing honey for over 100 million years. Bees produce honey for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming which means there is little or no nectar available to them.
When the bees arrive back to their hive with honey in their honey stomach the honey is still wet so the bee would fan it out with its wings so the honey is sticky and just right for them. They then seal it with a wax lid so it stays clean.
The bees make a lot of honey which means they make more than they need so we can have some too!

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