Discover the Millions-Year- Secret that of how honeybees make honey and why it can stay fresh for centuries.

Hey bees’ friends,

You’ve probably heard of honey as…

– the only food that never goes bad.

– the only food from insects that human can eat.

– a super remedy.

But, have you ever pause a second to wonder “How do bees made honey?”

Hi, my name is Lila Bee. Today, I’m gonna share with you The Honey Secrete –
how we – honey bees make our precious golden honey

From Nectar to Honey –  a Transformation Journey

Honey is made of nectar, but it doesn’t come out of flowers as that golden,
sticky stuff.

After finding a suitable food source, I dive in, head first, using my
straw-like tongue and take tiny sips of nectar into one of two stomachs.

A single bee like me may have to drink from more than a thousand flowers to
fill my honey stomach. When this honey stomach is full, it can weigh as much
as my body.

On the way back to the hive, digestive enzymes are already working to turn
that nectar into sweet gold.

When I arrive at the hive, I will vomit nectar into the mouth of another worker.
That bee will vomit it into another bee’s mouth and so on.

This game of regurgitation telephone is an important part of the
honey-making process. Since each bee adds more digestive enzymes to turn long
chains of complex sugars in the raw nectar into simple monosaccharides like
fructose and glucose.

At this point, the nectar is still pretty watery. My sisters beat their
wings and create an air current inside the hive to evaporate and thicken the
nectar.

Finally, we cap the cell with beeswax and complete the nectar’s
transformation into enzyme-rich honey.

Honey Never Goes Spoiled, Why?

Because of its low water content and its acidic pH, honey isn’t an inviting
place for bacteria and yeast spoilage. It has an incredibly long shelf life in
the hive.

Honey has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back thousands of years pretty
much unspoiled.

Wow…That’s A Lot Of Work

For 1 pound of honey, ten of thousands of foraging bees will together fly
around 3 times around the world (75,000 miles) and visit up to 8 million
flowers. That takes team work and organization.

Although we can’t talk, we do communicate with body language.

As a forager, when I discover a food place, I’ll dance to tell others where
to find food.

There are only 2 types of dance that I perform.

A circle dance means food are pretty close to the hive (50 -150 m). For food
that farther away, I get my waggle on.

This language – the waggle dance of the honeybees was first decoded by Karl
von Frisch. He won the Nobel Prize for this discovery. I’m not going to brag, but you
see, our bee dance is definitely one of the coolest examples of animals
communication in nature.

Bee-in-awe with the bee dance

First I walk in a straight line, waggling my body back and forth and
vibrating my wings, before repeating in a figure 8.

Whatever angle I walk while waggling tells the other bees what direction to
go. If it’s straight up the line of the honeycombs, the food is in the
direction of the sun. If the dance is pointed to the left or the right, the
other bees know to fly in that angle relative to the sun.

The longer the waggle, the farther the food is. And the better the food, the
more excited the bee shakes its body.

Even if that the bees can’t see the sun, we can infer where it is and the
time of the day by reading the polarization of light in the blue sky.

That’s all for now. You’ve just dived into the honeybees world. Hope this
piece of secret reveal can boost your mood to love life and its wonder even
more. Let me and our host Phu Quoc Bee Farm Team know what you think.

Wanna try our Oh-yumm… fresh honey straight from our hives, check out the shop here.

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How do bees make honey?

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