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What A Bee Eats

Honey is delicious but is that all that honeybees get to eat?

As it turns out, honeybees (Apis mellifera) eat a complete and varied diet that includes all the same major nutrients that human eat: bee food just come in different packaging.

The forager bees sip, and then swallow the nectar and store it in their crops, a sort of stomach. When a worker arrives back at the hive, loaded down, other bees help unload the nectar into their own crops, and then sometimes pass the load on to yet another helper bee. Each time the load of nectar transfers over to the crop of the next bee, special bee enzymes are mixed with the nectar which eventually transforms it into thick sweat honey as we know it.

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