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Honey is used by the bees for food all year round. There are many types, colors and flavors of honey, depending upon its nectar source. The bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowering trees and plants. Honey is an easily digestible, pure food. Honey is hydroscopic and has antibacterial qualities. Eating local honey can fend off allergies. Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless protecting their hive from an intruder or are unduly provoked.
A single bee will produce only about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Honey bees are the only insect that produces food consumed by humans. During a single collection trip, a honey bee will visit anywhere from 50 to 100 flowers.
Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious! When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source is by doing a dance which positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive. This is known as the ‘waggle dance.’