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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!
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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.
When the honey stomach is full, the field bees return to the hive and spit up the nectar into the mouth of the younger female house bees. The house bees munch on the nectar for about half an hour, chewing it like gum and breaking it down with special chemicals, making it easier for the bees to eat. Then, they deposit the chewed nectar in the wax tubes, called cells, that make up the honeycomb. The honeycomb forms the inside of the hive, like a food pantry.
As it sits in the honeycomb cells, the water in the nectar dries out and the nectar gets thicker, becoming honey. When the honey is thick enough, the bees will close each cell in the honeycomb with a wax cap. This will keep the honey fresh until they're ready to eat it.
Why Do Honeybees Make Honey?
Although people enjoy honey as much as the honeybees, bees really make the honey for the colony to eat. One colony of bees can eat between 120-200 pounds of honey each year, and they must make and store enough to carry them through the winter when there is no nectar available.
Honeybees are the bees that make the honey we like to eat. They live in a large group called a colony, and it's the female worker bees' job to make honey. The colony also has drones, which are male bees that can't sting and who help the queen's eggs develop; and the queen bee, which lays the eggs that will grow into new bees. The female worker bees gather nectar out in the wild, chew it up, and store it in the wax honeycomb, or the interior walls of the hive, so that they have enough food to feed the colony all year long.
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