Maple Syrup : From Start to Finish
Every dot that you see is a honey bee looking to find a new home.
Finding their Queen
Honey bees gather together with their Queen until that new home is found by a scout bee.
As they all calm down the bunch gets larger and larger.
Now they are all back together. This poor branch was straight up until the weight of the bees pulled it down.
What does a Swarm take with them?
When bees swarm they take half to two thirds of the honey bees in the hive, gorge themselves with honey plus a Queen bee and leave to find a new home.
This swarm is waiting for the scout bees to come back with a new location.
This bee is a worker bee. Working hard to gather the nectar. She will only live up to six weeks in the summer until she can no longer fly.
Nectar comes in many colors
Nectar and pollen change color depending on the flower. This can also change the taste of the honey.