Ah, this is one of our favorite times of year; not just because of fall, but because it is…..National Honey Month! That is right September is a whole month of nothing but honey, bees, and everything bee hive related! So here is one of our favorite ways to celebrate; 9 super interesting facts about everything related to the bee hives!
1- Bumblebee queens will lay their eggs on top of pollen, cover it with wax, and some may lay on them to keep the babies warm.
2- There are bees that do NOT sting; they are called stingless bees! They do have other ways to protect themselves; some will bite and some have poisons.
3- Drone bees don’t work; they are strictly there for procreating with the queen bee!
4- After the enriched nectar is deposited into the honey comb; the bees bring the water content to 14%- 18%. Now you have honey!!
5- Bees have 3 sets of ears; one set is on their legs, the next is at the end of the antennae, and the last set is in the middle of their antennae.
6-Bees can’t read and Bees will never read the same books you do no matter how well written the book is. The bees are just not interested; they go by their own rules and can surprise you at anytime.
7-One of the main enzymes that bees have it called invertase. This is an enzyme that the bees use to break down sucrose, in nectar, into the sugars fructose and glucose.
8- Some people love the fruit and berry honeys. The flavor of fruit comes through; for example, a hint of orange flavor that naturally comes from the orange blossom. Some of my favorite honeys are blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry blossom honey; each is berry tasty with a hint of the berries.
9- The oldest honey ever found was over 5,000 years old!! Would you dare to eat it?
From our Hive to Yours,