Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

To Be a Bee

Q: How to honeybees make honey?

A: Worker bees collect nectar (water and complex sugars) from flowers and pass it to other workers, which convert it to digestible sugars. Bees evaporate the nectar's water by working it in their mouths and then depositing it in cells and fanning it with their wings. When the liquid is reduced to about 18 percent water, the honey is ready for them to use.