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From a human perspective, beehives are either created unintentionally or are planned. A picture on the wall of a prehistoric cave shows a human collecting honey from an unplanned beehive in a tree. This 10,000 year old drawing is believed to be the first example of this happening.
Some of us may see bees as annoying little insects that buzz around and hurt us when they sting, but they are much more important than we could ever imagine.
Next time you look at your plate of food, it is very likely that bees have helped that meal reach your table and ultimately your stomach. Giving you the energy to go about your daily activities.
Using their long tongues, bees suck the nectar from flowers into their honey stomach. Back at the hive with the other bees, they pass their nectar mouth to mouth. This breaks down the sugars and thickens the nectar. The final stage is called evaporation, this is done by the bees putting the nectar in the honeycombs. They then flap their wings to help remove the water, thicken it and transform the nectar into honey.
Have you ever wondered where the bee’s buzzing sound comes from?
Is it coming from their mouth, stomach, wings or maybe somewhere else?
Zoologist, Luis Villazon, shares that the buzzing sound, in part, comes from the bees springy chest muscle that pings in and out to move its wings.
In the 1950s, Karl von Frisch’s extensive research proved what most Beekeepers already knew (That bees communicate with their movements called a Waggle Dance). In 2014, Scientists at Sussex University further deciphered the bee’s dance moves. They concluded that the shape and angle of their movements informed other bees of the direction and distance of the flower from the hive.