How Do Bees Make Honey?

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How bees make honey, courtesy of Dr. Joe Hanson and PBS Digital Studios

Western honey bees, or European honey bees, are responsible for pollinating about three quarters of the crops we eat. But bees may be more famous for the ability to make sweet, sweet honey. Watch as Dr. Joe explains how bees make the honey we love.

More about honey bees:

Hungry Baby Bees More Resilient to Starvation as Adults

Ten Fun Facts about Honeybees and Honey

Winter Bees, First Visitors

Declining Bee Populations Revisited

Nature’s Medicine Cabinet for Sick Bees

Check out the BEE PLAYLIST! http://bit.ly/OKTBSbeelist

The Honey Bee Dance Language Explained: https://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/…

Being a queen bee is about more than royal jelly:
Mao, Wenfu, Mary A. Schuler, and May R. Berenbaum. “A dietary phytochemical alters caste-associated gene expression in honey bees.”Science advances 1.7 (2015): e1500795

Multiple phenotypes coming from the same genetics (like workers and queens) is called “polyphenism”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyphe…

The social structure of honeybee hives: https://hymenoptera42.wordpress.com/2…

The following clips were used under Creative Commons CC-BY license:
Mary Ann Aschenbrennerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG6tW…
BeesOnTheNet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEMg_…

Photo courtesy of Steven Spence

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