Bees and Honey

Honeybees change nectar from flowers into honey, to make food for themselves. The average hive stores 9–14kg/20–30lb of honey by the end of the year. This represents a huge joint effort because a single worker bee produces only half a teaspoon of honey in her whole life. It takes nectar collections from around 2.6 million flowers, involving bee flights totalling around 88,000km/55,000 miles, to produce just 450g/1lb of honey.

The dates in this chapter are for temperate countries in the northern hemisphere. Adjust them by six months for temperate countries in the southern hemisphere.

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