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How Bees Make HoneyOctober 25, 2013
Last year, 2.64 million bee colonies nationwide produced 149 million pounds of honey. Honeybees use nectar, a sticky liquid from plants, to make the sweet stuff. Here’s how.
A field bee collects nectar and takes it to a house bee at the hive. At this point, the nectar is mostly water.
The house bee takes the nectar to bees that will turn the nectar into honey by adding enzymes to it and by drying it out.
The bees repeatedly fill their honey stomachs with nectar and pump it out. They also fan the nectar with their wings.
Once the honey is finished, the bees load it into honeycomb cells and cover it with wax.
The honey remains in storage until it is needed.