How do bees make honey? In bullet form…
- The female worker bee receives information about where the nectar or pollen source is. The directions are based on the position of the sun.
- The worker bee flies to the flower and uses long tube like tongue to drink the nectar
- The worker bee decides to collect either pollen or nectar but not both on the same trip.
- It works about 10 hours per day and visits between 150 and 1500 flowers per day.
- The bee stores the nectar in a cavity that is connected to its stomach. The bee can use the nectar if it gets hungry but mostly saves the nectar for the hive.
- When the bee is full, it flies back to the hive where other hive bees collect the nectar.
- When the hive bee drinks the pollen out of the worker bee, it combines the nectar with proteins and puts the new liquid in a cell in the honey comb.
- The bees flap their wings to create wind currents inside the hive and dry the nectar to about 16% water content. Now it’s honey.
- The bees feed on the honey and so do we.