How Do Bees Make Honey?

One of the most common questions I get is how to bees make honey, so I’m going to answer that for you here! The honeybee has a tongue that works like a straw. It’s called a proboscis. It also has a stomach that it can store nectar in that’s called a honey stomach.

Each type of flower or flowering tree produces nectar, which is a very watery substance made of sugar and essential oils and lots of other really neat things. The bee comes along, sticks out its tongue and drinks the nectar and fills up its honey stomach, then it takes the nectar back to the colony and fills up the honey comb, where it begins to dehydrate. Its moisture content needs to be 18% or less, otherwise it will ferment and spoil, and the bees know how to do this (incredible!). Then it’s honey!

So a few fun facts: a bee can only carry about .003 oz of nectar in its honey stomach which is about 1/3 of its body weight; it’s significant. So knowing that, we could say that it takes about 5000 deposits from the honey stomach to make a single jar of honey. Another way to think about it is that it takes 500 honebees working their entire, 6 week life to make a single, small jar of honey.

Watch this video to see a quick overview of how bees make honey. Then go over to our products and get a jar for yourself. You’re going to love it!