Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG
From Lansing State U.:
So collector bees go eat nectar and put it in their honey tummies. Then worker bees suck it out and chew on it and then puke it up and cap it with wax.
...and now the mystery is solved! Thanks for checking that out - sounds like a hell of a lot of work to make honey but I'm glad they're up for it.
At the other end of the scale, I do remember a beekeeper once told me that honey bees can only poop when they're flying, so I guess it makes sense that honey would come out of the other end...it would be tough collecting it otherwise.
He also told me a story about how they reproduce, which is both tragic and interesting...ah, what the heck, let's go for it...here it is, and apparently true...the male bees (the drones?) that fertilize the queen (I think it's the queen) do so by mounting her from the back. When the "act" is completed, the male bee leans back, his ***** falls off, and he dies. Jeez, talk about a dramatic climax! My partner Terri, who was listening to this story at the same time, told me later that she was amused by the fact that I crossed my legs when the beekeeper told us that one. (Can you blame me or any other male?)
Thanks again for the honey info!