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How do bees make honey?

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Bugs and insects are known for many different things. Spiders are known for spinning webs, ants are known for “marching” one after the other, termites are known for eating wood. and bees are famous for making sweet and delicious honey. Have you ever wondered how bees make honey?

Although there are about 20,000 different species. Of the bees in the world, only the bee produces the kind of honey we are used to eating. These bees produce honey to feed themselves, which distinguishes them from creatures that eat such things as fruits, nuts and other insects. Honey bees produce honey as a way to store and preserve food during the colder months when they are not able to leave their hive as often and there are not as many flowers to collect food from.

You might be wondering: If honeybees produce honey to feed themselves, could humans take it and eat it?, too? The answer is yes, since these bees actually produce about two to three times more honey each year than they need to survive the winter.

Honey bees live together in colonies that can consist of approximately 60,000 bees. In fact, one bee only produces about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its entire life! That is, not even enough to sweeten a cup of tea!

The process of making bee honey: step by step

As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, honeybees leave their hives in search of flowers. The process of making honey is as follows:

  1. Once they find a flower, they will use their long tongue like a straw to suck the nectar, the sweet juice, from the plant.
  2. The nectar is stored in the second stomach, also known as the "honey stomach."
  3. After they have refilled their second stomach, the bees will return to their hive and begin passing nectar through their mouths to other bees.
  4. These bees chew nectar for about 30 minutes.
  5. Chicken, they pass it on to another bee!
  6. When nectar is passed from bee to bee, it turns into honey.
  7. Once the nectar becomes honey, the bees will store it in honeycomb cells, which act like little jars made of wax.
  8.  The bees then flap their wings over the honey to make it thicker and more like syrup rather than sweet juice.
  9. Once the honey is ready, the bees seal the cell with a wax lid to preserve it for the future.
  10. At this point, experienced beekeepers can take some of the finished honey from the hive. taking care not to harm or damage the colony.

Honeybees create delicious honey and help pollinate flowers to keep them alive. And while it's interesting to see how bees make honey, they can also sting if they feel threatened. If you see a bee or hive, it is important to observe it from a safe distance and with the help of an adult—like a parent or teacher.

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