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  • 1:46 Why Do Honeybees Make Honey?
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

We know that honey is a thick, sweet liquid made by honeybees. But did you know it takes great effort from honeybees to make the honey we enjoy? In this lesson, you'll learn about honeybees and how they make that honey.

What Are Honeybees?

Honeybees are the kind of bee that make the sweet, golden, sticky honey we like to eat! They live in a large group called a colony, which has three kinds of honeybees, each with a different job. The colony lives in a hive and has thousands of female worker bees who make the honey and maintain the hive. There are also a few hundred drones, which are male bees that can't sting; their job is to help a queen bee's eggs develop. A colony also has a queen bee, which lays the eggs that will grow into new bees!

How Do Honeybees Make Honey?

Imagine doing the grocery shopping for a whole hive of bees! The older female workers do just that! They're the field bees we see gathering pollen and nectar from flowers in the spring and summer. Nectar is the liquid that will be turned into honey back at the hive. Each day, these bees might fly several miles from the hive just to get nectar! They really are 'busy bees!'

They're perfect for the job, using long tongues like drinking straws to suck up the sweet flower nectar. They also have two stomachs, storing the nectar in one called a honey stomach, which acts like the grocery bags we bring home from the store. It can take over a thousand flowers to fill the honey stomach.

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