Friday, October 19, 2012

Honey, Bee Poop, and You

When your home is in an enclosed space, like a European honeybee nest is, sanitation and hygiene are crucial. The combs are where the bees store the honey they make and eat, and also where the colony's eggs are laid. If bees deposited their waste anywhere on or near the combs, they'd risk contaminating their food supply and infecting their developing offspring. Unsurprisingly, they don't take that risk. Instead they defecate outside the nest (assuming they're mature enough to fly), or they do it on some hive surface that's well away from the combs.

Well I certainly feel better!  How about you?


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