Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

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sweet sweet nectar April 30, 2010

Filed under: springtime happenings — queen frederica @ 10:33 pm


happy bee on an apple blossom


This is where the honey process begins. Bees go from flower to flower drinking nectar until their ‘honey stomachs’ are full. These special stomachs have enzymes to break down the nectar sugars into a simpler sugar.

With a full belly, they go back to the hive and pass along the sugars to other worker bees. These bees ingest the sugars to break them down even more and eventually put they honey into the honeycomb.

The honey is still pretty wet at this point and cannot be sealed up for storage or they run the risk of fermentation later on. The extra water in the honey must evaporate. Now is when I totally dork out and tell you how this is done: the bees fan their wings to create a draft in the hive.  When the bees think it’s right, they seal up the comb.

Pretty amazing process…


4 Responses to “sweet sweet nectar”

  1. Maciek Says:

    Love the photo!! Good size and good detail..

  2. cathy Says:

    You gotta up that bee sting count. I can vouch that Mike gets at least 3-4 stings every time he opens up a hive!

  3. […] have been asking about honey lately. I regret to inform you that we do not have honey yet. In a previous blog post I gave you a general idea of the process from nectar to honey. Our bees have been bringing in […]

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