Honey is wonderful stuff, but how do bees produce it?


Bees visit flowers and drink the nectar from flowers, which goes to a second stomach called the honey stomach. There it is partially digested, regurgitated, and swallowed again several times. When the bee gets back to the hive, it regurgitates the nectar, which is eaten by other bees, and regurgitated again and again, until it reaches that proper level of digestion. Then it is regurgitated into a cell in the honey comb. The cell is left open while bees use their wings to blow air across it until most of the water has evaporated, leaving behind the thick, golden honey. At that point, the cell is sealed, preserving the honey until needed.