There is a lot to love about honey bees. They work together in highly organized societies. Every bee has her own job to do and she does it well. Bees pollinate flowers, taking nectar back to their hive to turn into honey for themselves and the young. Best of all, they make more honey than they need and share the leftovers with us.
- Bees pollinate flowers, which is necessary for fruit to grow. Raspberries, cantaloupes, strawberries, apples, pumpkins, and many other plants are pollinated by bees.
- The bees store the nectar they collect in hives made from wax. They fan their wings over the nectar, which removes excess moisture. In time, the nectar turns into honey.
- A typical beehive produces about 65 pounds more honey than the bees need.
- Beekeepers remove the trays that contain the honey from the beehives. They scrape the wax caps off the trays and place the trays in a special machine. The machine spins the trays, forcing the honey out of them. The honey is then filtered and bottled.
- Some honey is heated or pasteurized to remove bacteria. Other honey is sold “raw.” This honey has not been heated.
- Honey is high in sugar and it’s often used as a sweetener. Use it in tea, oatmeal, or baked goods.
- Honey is highly nutritious. It is a good source of energy and it contains antioxidants, nutrients, and amino acids.
- Swallow a tablespoon of honey when you have a cough or sore throat. Honey has been used as medicine for thousands of years.
- Pollinate: to treat plants so they can produce fruit
- Nectar: the sweet liquid formed in flowers
- Pasteurize: to heat something to kill bacteria
Questions and Answers
Question: How can we help bees do their job?
Answer: Beehives are struggling. Disease, pesticides, and lack of flowering plants are making it harder for bees to survive. Help bees by avoiding pesticides and planting flowering plants in your garden. Consider becoming an amateur beekeeper.
Visit the inside of a beehive.
Learn how to be a beekeeper.
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