Making Honey

Making Honey

How do bees make honey?

In total darkness.

While honey bees collect nectar and spread pollen in the daylight, they return to the darkness of their hive to make the honey for which they are named, to communicate with other bees about sources of nectar with their waggle dance, to chose their queen, to reproduce, and to survive the winter. For honey bees, the activity for which they are best known — making honey — occurs in total darkness, only visible when the beekeeper opens the hive to collect the honey.

 

 


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