More on Honeybees

Whenever we read about bees there is almost certainly a moment of awe guaranteed! We’ve always wondered why we have revived very few honeybees. In fact the few we have revived have tended to be cold rather than low on energy. Today we discovered why that might be!

So a honeybee has a special ‘honey stomach’ where nectar is stored and then delivered to cells in the hive to be turned into honey… if a honeybee gets low on energy when out foraging it can use a special valve in its ‘honey stomach’ to ingest some of the nectar and revive itself. Wowzers!

This is its own secret personal revival trick… and probably explains why very few people we know have revived a honeybee with sugar solution… some but not many.

One book that we know has planted so many seeds of curiosity in folk about bees is A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes. We keep bumping onto people whose eyes light up when we mention it. It’s a book that has led many to a heart felt bee appreciation. So we are honoured to be welcoming Helen to Norwich to speak at The Book Hive on World Bee Day which is Monday 20th May 2019 at 6.30pm.

The event will be FREE! We’d love to fill The Book Hive with the bee curious and bee experts a like. Most of all we would love to see you there. If you haven’t already entered our competition to win Helen’s book then look back through our posts for an image of Dan’s hand holding it aloft. We look forward to seeing you there

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