Do you know how bees make honey?
Today, whilst hanging by the river little (super adorable) Miss 3 asked ‘but how do bees make honey?’ and her Mum and my friend and I (two of whom are biological scientists!) actually did not know.
So I Googled it.
And here’s what I found out....
“Bees start making honey, which is their food, 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. 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 there you have it. The scientist in me was fascinated. And then we noticed that 6 of our kids, on 3 SUP boards, were being taken up river by the wind and the current and had been calling for help during at least 3 minutes of the honey story. Anyway they were rescued and the bee story lives on.