Nectar from flowers is sucked up by the bees tongue, and transported back to the hive in the honey bee's social honey stomach. The honey bee passes off the nectar to the other worker bees who change the nectar into honey. These bees mix the nectar with enzymes that protect the honey from bacteria and then place the nectar into the cells where is it evaporated by the bees to remove water - protecting the honey from yeast. It takes about 5 days to make honey in the hive. The honey is then sealed with a wax cap.


A worker bee starts making wax when she is 12 days old. The liquid wax is secreted by glands in her abdomen and collects on her wax mirrors. The wax hardens in scales before being removed by the worker bee's legs and mixed with enzymes from her saliva. She then can mold the wax into different shapes for use inside the hive


To make 500 grams of honey , the honey bees must visit 2 million flowers and fly 88,000 kilometres