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Bees are amazing. There’s lots of incredible things about them.
This bumble bee has been working so hard. She’s collected a massive bag of pollen. It takes visits to many blooms in order to collect this much. If you watch a bee at work she’s very busy indeed. These pollen sacks are only one of the jobs she does.
They also collect a sticky tree secretion which they turn into propolis. It’s used to coat the whole hive inside and is an antibacterial. The inside of the hive is very warm and humid. The propolis prevents fungus from growing.
Meanwhile they also collect nectar from the flowers which forms the basis for honey. When they collect the nectar it is placed in cells inside the hive. Then they process it so that the water content is reduced. When the water content is less than 18% the cells are capped and left for later use. Honey has been found in Turkey that was ire than a thousand years old.
Meanwhile this is a bumble bee. She lives in a much smaller family usually in an underground colony.
There are hundreds of wild bee species in Europe.
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