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Bee Workshop

Oak Class had a really interesting visit to the 'Sirhowy Bee Workshop'.

 

 

We found out that Honey bees collect pollen and nectar in the spring when most flowers and plants are in bloom. They use their long, tube like tongues like straws (called proboscis) to suck the nectar out of the flowers and they store it in their stomachs and carry it to the beehive. While inside the bee's stomach for about half an hour, the nectar mixes with the proteins and enzymes  produced by the bees, converting the nectar into honey.

We also learned that the bees then drop the honey into the beeswax comb, which are hexagonal cells made of wax produced by the bees, and repeat the process until the combs are full. To prepare for long-term storage, the bees fan their wings to evaporate and thicken the honey (note: nectar is 80% water and honey is about 14-18% water). When this is done, the bees cap the honeycomb with wax and move on to the next empty comb, starting all over again.

We bought some honey at the centre and we are looking forward to tasting it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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