How Do Bees Make Honey

Foraging bees collect nectar from flowers, sucking it up with their tubelike tongues. They carry it back to the hive in one of their stomachs. The nectar is transferred to other bees who “chew” it for about half an hour, mixing it with enzymes from glands in their mouth. Then they place it in hexagonal cells made of beeswax and fan it with their wings to dehydrate it. After the water content is reduced to less than 18 percent, the cells are capped with a thin layer of wax. Capped honey can…

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