How do bees make honey?
After bees collect pollen from flowers, they regurgitate it in the hive.
They are covered with honey when they return to their hives for safety and warmth.
The bees fan out inside their colonies to dry out the pollen until it is almost all dehydrated before storing them into cells of honeycomb ready for consumption.
Their bodies use most of the nectar to produce beeswax for the hive, and a small amount of honey is left over.
How Bees Make Honey
They turn nectar into honey by adding enzymes and evaporating water from the nectar.
This complicated process turns nectar into a thick, sweet substance that can be stored for months or years!
Honey bees produce it from the nectar of flowers and beeswax, which is used to build their hives.
They have been producing honey for about 20 million years.
Honey bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by humans.
What is Honey?
Honey is a natural sweetener and it has many health benefits.
It contains antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
Honey also has antibacterial properties.
Some people believe that honey can help with allergies because it coats the throat and helps to suppress coughing.
Researchers are still studying the potential health benefits of honey.
Honey bees make about half a pound of honey every year, and bees in the United States produce over 200 million pounds annually!
That is enough to put on 60 billion peanut butter sandwiches each year!
Bees all around the world are responsible for producing one-third of our food supply through pollination.
Plants need pollen from bees to reproduce, so bees are essential for our food supply.
Honey is a healthy source of carbohydrates and has antibacterial properties.
It also has a long shelf life!
So the next time you eat honey, you can thank these insects for their sweet creation!
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