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Why (and How) Do Bees Make Honey?

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Quick Questions explains how some bees can transform flower nectar into the liquid gold that you use to sweeten your tea. Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/artist/52/SciShow Or help support us by subscribing to our page on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Thanks Tank Tumblr: http://thankstank.tumblr.com Sources: http://www.livescience.com/37611-what-is-honey-honeybees.html http://web.ncsu.edu/abstract/science/how-do-bees-make-honey/ http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/aug/10/how-bees-make-honey-ask-a-grown-up http://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/question300.htm http://insects.about.com/od/antsbeeswasps/p/honeybeesociety.htm
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Question: Are we stealing food from the female worker bees?
fawkthescene666 (1 месяц назад)
I just watched some other a-holes 10 minute video and learned nothing. So thanks for the great video!
Tony Stark (2 месяца назад)
It’s definitely not for us humans to eat because they can angry when we take it
Sean-Philippe Lavertu (4 месяца назад)
Thats “how” where was the “why” ????
DAVID FRANKLIN (5 месяцев назад)
So are we causing harm to bees if we take their honey?
L0rD F145h34Rt (6 месяцев назад)
nectar is plant spunk! or sperm.
Dark_Angel_of_Death (8 месяцев назад)
I've learn nothing.....
Bruceann Yellowega (9 месяцев назад)
It’s hard to believe bees spend all that time and effort just to stock pile some food in case it’s needed in the future. 🙃
Daniel Singery (10 месяцев назад)
What a way to die
Joe Potts (11 месяцев назад)
Its a darm good thing i do not like honey then 😆 Also did anybody else notice the circle right before the video ends? (Bottom left corner)
Khaleesi Romaerys (1 год назад)
That's how great God designed every single design in our nature. Everything has its own purpose. Male bees die only after impregnating the queen bee. What purpose other than that they possess? The queen bees are like a bee baby factory where it can lay eggs that can support a colony. Because only the remake bees work their ass to their death to collect nectars and that's their purpose. Each organism He made has each purpose. Humans can never collect nectars thru our mouths and human males don't need to die after impregnating women because men are needed by their females to raise their children.
A Q (1 год назад)
And your Lord revealed to the bees: Build your hives in mountains, trees and in what they build. Then eat (addressing the female bee) from every fruit and follow (again - adressing. the female bee) your Lord's enslaved paths, from its bellies (بُطُونِهَا) exit drinks of different colors, in it is healing for mankind.  Indeed in this are signs for those who contemplate. Quran: (16:68-69)
ckspices (1 год назад)
Do fish pee?
Sindy Batista (1 год назад)
What a hoe queen
1Moon2go (1 год назад)
males live only to mate lol sounds like the opposite of humanity at the moment . what each country had a queen human that had all the babies and only one to mate with males. that'd be weird......
Uncle 'DeeJayy BHIsraelite (2 года назад)
I'm drinking a bottle while i read these comments. Apparently it kills bacteria and toxins in the body and trust me I put it to the test. I was very sick with the flu and this honey by itself ease the cough pain and removed the virus. #bees-rock... Add Mrs Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar , Cayenne Pepper and Vitamin C and you got the ultimate Flu killer without needing a flu shot.
Brett_Kendrick (2 года назад)
hmm I love me some bee vomit
Miguel Villeda (2 года назад)
you should have at least ironed your shirt
smartalek180 (2 года назад)
JJ Athan (2 года назад)
Why do we steal honey from bees?
Wisdom Sage (7 месяцев назад)
Alchemica Blackwood dude stop your Afrocentric ideologies. Blacks owned black slaves in the US too and were know to be even more cruel. Berbers from africa colonized Spain at one point. And all great africa empires own slaves who were of course not white. It’s 21st century, stop acting like u are working on cotton farms. Ps. I’m black and living in Massachusetts
Ozmar Fraga (8 месяцев назад)
Because it’s delicious, we can, and thy make much more than needed.
Pat Singho (10 месяцев назад)
bears steal honey from bees too
Alchemica Blackwood (11 месяцев назад)
Because it's what we White colonialists do. No other race of humans enslave, colonize, and steal bee honey. ONLY White people do!
DJ BroniX (1 год назад)
They don't need it all
- Draku - (2 года назад)
Mmmmmh I love bee vomit!
Alex Bolanos (2 года назад)
So honey is just bee throw up
Uncle 'DeeJayy BHIsraelite (2 года назад)
I'm drinking a bottle while i read these comments. Apparently it kills bacteria and toxins in the body and trust me I put it to the test. I was very sick with the flu and this honey by itself ease the cough pain and removed the virus. #bees-rock... Add Mrs Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar , Cayenne Pepper and Vitamin C and you got the ultimate Flu killer without needing a flu shot.
smartalek180 (2 года назад)
Yep, when you eat honey, you're eating bee-puke.  Yummy, yummy bee-puke.
MemeSensei (2 года назад)
Alex Bolanos it's throw up that's been snowballed and regurgitated
Drxgon_x (2 года назад)
what happens if the queen bee dies? And why are queen bees different to other bees?
sky dragon (2 года назад)
Drxgon_x (2 года назад)
+smartalek180 what do you mean
smartalek180 (2 года назад)
Hey, iiSlayDragon, if you don't mind, a quick question:  Are you in the UK?  Or somewhere else (Canada?  Caribbean?  Hong Kong?)  that is/was part of the Commonwealth?  Reason I ask, is that you said "different to."  Here in the States, we say "different from," or (improperly, according to the grammar nerds) "different than."  Does "different from" sound as weird to your ears as "different to" sounds to ours?
Drxgon_x (2 года назад)
Oh, ok
JJ Athan (2 года назад)
iiSlayDragonZ Because of Royal Jelly
Linda Wardell (2 года назад)
how do bees sting
Jae Canillas (2 года назад)
If we take out their honey, would that mean that they have nothing to eat?? :/
Jae Canillas (2 года назад)
PresidentOfFun1 Great to know! I was somehow doubtful buying honey because of this question. I hope all of bee manufacturers are like youb
PresidentOfFun1 (2 года назад)
Honey bees are one of the only living creatures that make more than they need. They will just keep making honey. More than they need. Responsible and ethical beekeepers like myself, will not take all of they honey from the hive. We leave the bottom 2 boxes, or hive bodies for the bees and only take the excess honey in the top boxes or "Supers" and extract that.
Drxgon_x (2 года назад)
Am Ros (2 года назад)
We steal from them... poor little bees 😢
Joey Roy (2 года назад)
this is totally neat. love it
Tony parra (2 года назад)
Pooh is eating bee vomit.
Coleman Adamson (2 года назад)
Subbed because of your bees/honey vids.
Oscaroo (2 года назад)
Why do they make honey?
smartalek180 (2 года назад)
A way to store food for the winter and other lean times.
Strawhatjojo18 (2 года назад)
Very interesting, thanks for the info!
Studio Maslar (2 года назад)
The queen would have to lay an egg every 2 minutes non-stop every single day 365 days a year to reach that number of eggs in a year
HuhTremer (2 года назад)
You're both right, he's only referring the mathematical rate of egg production.
snitch (2 года назад)
they lay multiple eggs at one time
Ald4r (2 года назад)
Thank you for that
Tommy G. (2 года назад)
and you still believe such an intelligent design as the honey bee comes from non intelligence.
smartalek180 (2 года назад)
I love all these people who are so strenuously proud of their ignorance!  "There are no intermediate fossils!"  Of course there are:  lots and lots of them.  You can see many examples in the link* at the bottom.  "Nobody's ever seen a dog give birth to a cat!"  No shit.  Neither is the genetic ancestor of the other, and evolutionary shifts take millions of years, hundreds of thousands of generations.  Nobody now living ever knew your great-great-grandparents -- by your "logic," that means you therefore must believe you never had any great-great-grandparents.  "Evolution is like expecting a tornado to hit a junkyard, and assemble a working 747."  Not even close.  That's what we call a "strawman" argument -- misrepresenting the opposing view, because it's so much easier to refute than what they actually said.  You may or may not be educated and/or intelligent enough to know that's what you're doing -- but the people who sold you these lies clearly are; and they are lying with malice aforethought.  They are manipulating you.  (If you actually care to read up on how evolution really works, and have a three-digit IQ, you'll come to appreciate just how blatantly they're lying about it.  Of course, you'll then need to ask yourself, "Gee, if they're lying about something this easy to check on, what else might they be lying about?")  Evolution isn't "random," nor is it "directed" at any particular outcomes.  What IS "random" is the mutation in some given reproductive cell's DNA, which can give rise to a new physical feature.  If that feature has survival value, it's more likely to be passed on to another generation.  If it doesn't, it's less likely.  That part's not "random" at all; that's the "survival of the fittest" part.  Billions of tiny changes aggregate over time, and new species are generated -- and others die out.  And the fossil record clearly and undeniably demonstrates this -- to anyone who cares to actually look at the evidence, and doesn't just close their eyes and blindly believe what their scamster Bible-thumpers are selling them.  There is infinitely (literally infinite -- because of contemporaneous documentary evidence, there is zero, none, nil, nought, nada, zilch, niente, bupkis, jack) more concrete evidence for the existence of intermediate species than there is for a historical personage named Yeshua ben Yussuf of Nazareth, latterly known as the Christ Jesus.  Finally, there is nothing -- nothing at all -- inconsistent between a belief in evolution and a belief in any particular deity, even the Christian God.  Darwin himself was a believer -- as a young man, he'd planned on entering the ministry.  Believe whatever you want -- but the facts of evolution are well established, and they're not going away.  People like this pinhead are the reason we now have a "President Donald Trumpf."  God save America!  *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_transitional_fossils
snitch (2 года назад)
We do have fossil evidence of big changes occurring in animals. But the simple fact is, we don't need that evidence to prove macro evolution. Small changes manifest over time into big changes. If you believe in micro evolution, you must believe in macro (else you're a fool).
Karol Bała (2 года назад)
I'm Christian and all, but what the hell are you talking about? If you really want to argue this point, then actually read Darwin's book in it's entirety! Then you might find the proof you require.
Invisible King (2 года назад)
no being is perfect in fact every organism has useless bits of DNA, the likelihood of finding an organism that had all of it's DNA activated, none of which are useless would actually be near impossible if not completely impossible. Yes, something cannot be created from nothing, but 4.54 billion years ago there wasn't nothing. there was a new planet. that planet cooled and life began to have a suitable place, namely in the oceans, to begin it's existence which would've started with the formation of a number of things, such as RNA, that would eventually lead to a membrane being formed around a nucleus, a cell. Evolutionary changes happen over time in fact scientists have forced it it happen in lab environments by taking small bacteria and putting them in a petri dish of suitable food for them. by the third generation of the bacteria a change in the bacteria had occurred that gave it three tails instead of the one it had before making it able to obtain food faster than the rest. Which led to that bacteria being more common than the one tailed bacteria because it could function better in that environment. this is by no means natural selection but it is evolution. frankly evolution and other such similar processes make more sense than an intelligent being creating everything because they have evidence going for them. I won't argue about weather some intelligent being created the universe because that is unknown and will probably remain unknown, but there is no notable evidence supporting the idea that there is some intelligent being that created everything.
chaoswraith (2 года назад)
heres a sample of the immense measures of time we're talking about: One thousand seconds is 16 minutes, forty seconds. One million seconds would take up 11 days, 13 hours 46 minutes and 40 seconds. One billion seconds is a bit over 31 and one-half YEARS One trillion seconds is slightly over ---31,688--- years.
SMG 101 797 (2 года назад)
Very nice information bro
Tommy Harris (2 года назад)
What a waste of video!
Elite Mangudai (2 года назад)
respect bees. keep it up.
Chavaughn Lumley (2 года назад)
My name is Damian I'm from Jamaica I'm a beekeeper I am looking any support or help you can whatsapp me are call at (1876)585-4554
swimmer09back (2 года назад)
You didn't say why they make honey...
Christopher McIntosh (2 года назад)
As a food source! It's a back up food source that last's forever so they can eat it in winter months and such when there is little or no nectar to eat.
swimmer09back (2 года назад)
+Donovan Vaughan then why do they make it?
Donovan Vaughan (2 года назад)
Yes, he did
Michelle Franck (2 года назад)
As I always say... honey is bee vomit that has been tossed up not once, but twice. Eww. #PeopleEatTheStrangestThings
snitch (2 года назад)
The bees don't eat the honey before storing it... it's not vomit
Christopher McIntosh (2 года назад)
Yum yum! Taste's good to me :)
Adriel Rugay (2 года назад)
So..... Male drone bees suffer death by snu snu. Hue hue hue
Sean-Philippe Lavertu (4 месяца назад)
Adriel Rugay awesome comment 👌
Ayenate' Lawson (1 год назад)
With their mother...
DMCcrafter (2 года назад)
Shay (2 года назад)
CodeDarkBlue (2 года назад)
bees are fascinating
Alex Crawford (3 года назад)
he never fucking told us why they make it
Alex Crawford (2 года назад)
+Battlefieldd3 me to i'm sorry bro.
Battlefield 5 (2 года назад)
ur right my bad
Battlefield 5 (2 года назад)
Cuz its not fair to curse at the video for something you missed
TheMrNanners (3 года назад)
Can I be the queen? lol
1959Edsel (3 года назад)
My father was a beekeeper before me, his father was a beekeeper before him, and I'm going to follow in their footsteps. And their footsteps were like this: AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!! Covered in bees!
Colette Vick (3 года назад)
What happens to mosquitos in the winter in cold areas?
Tito Nogueira (3 года назад)
Ok so, isn't this bee vomit disgusting in any way? DOesn't it make unhealthy in any way? Just suspectful. Thanks
Bobbie Jo Parson (3 года назад)
More facts about killer bees
Ivan Travels (3 года назад)
These bees are crazy!
You expected a username but it was I, (7 месяцев назад)
Ivan Travels and so are you
tycoonlover1359 (3 года назад)
I know I'm a little late but uh...anyone just lose their apatite for honey? Besides me...?
Zenobia Brown (3 года назад)
soo cool!
Fredzilla Thorston (3 года назад)
I'm a Beekeeper here
lucasfunkt (3 года назад)
I don't think this answered 'why' they do it.  Anyone catch that? 
lucasfunkt (3 года назад)
You're right
Alyssa Davis (3 года назад)
+lucasfunkt They do it so they can eat.
MOM ON A MISSION (3 года назад)
Thank you for making videos so we can absorb your knowledge!! I have a an end goal of becoming completely self efficient and some of your information has been great use for me! Find me on Facebook at HUM connect conscious minds or tsu www.tsu.co.momonamission I will be making vlogging my own journey in making eco villages and learning to be self efficient. Lots of love Brittney Yates
Saylor Twift (3 года назад)
I have a really interesting question: Bee society seems to be insanely complex. There are actual societal classes and hierarchies within it. They all serve and obey a queen and the honey making process is super complex, too. My question is how do they know how to do and behave accordingly? Are they taught, like humans, how to integrate into society? If so, who teaches them? If not, how else would they just instantly know what to do and how to do it? I understand that the queen uses pheromones to control her hive but that still leaved the question of how the queen even knows she's a queen. How does she know how to lead a hive and so on? That was more than one question, but as you can see, this video just sparked my interest in honey bees. Thanks for that!
Okami Jubei (3 года назад)
Hmm... Those are really good questions. I guess they were teached during their larval stage and been probably been taught by the queen or older workers during their adulthood.
Saylor Twift (3 года назад)
PS.: I guess that instincts are a part of it, but all that seems a little too complex to be instinctual.
Collin Fink (3 года назад)
What would happen if we were to ban honey consumption by humans? Bees work so hard for their honey and they really do need it. But as humans we feel like we can take what we want without any concern for our fellow creatures, even though we have so many other ways of obtaining food and sugars. 
Natural Kinky Curly―Marie (1 год назад)
Bees usually produce more Honey than they need. After the Honey is Harvested, enough is left to feed the hive over winter. There are artificial honey made of sugar and vitamins at the Supermarket that are commercially made so nothing would happen if there was a ban on honey consumption by humans; which is not gonna happen. Can't Ban people from eating Foods. Most Honey at the Supermarket is artificial, which is why l look for Organic or 100% Honey. *_It's not that serious with Bees_*
Michael Lito (3 года назад)
What are plates made of?
Israel Covey (3 года назад)
Bees are an amazing creation 
P Mills (4 года назад)
I wish he didn't talk with his hands so much. But thanks for all the information.
departed402 (4 года назад)
You say "excrete from abdomen", but all I hear is poop!
Kathryn Howell (4 года назад)
You said that honey can 'basically last forever':  what are some of the oldest honey caches ever found?  In pyramids?
thechromepoet (4 года назад)
This is why bee's make honey. 16::68  - 16::69 And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: "Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of the Lord made easy for you." There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.
Chris Qiao (4 года назад)
I like honey
earth1pc C4H8Cl2S (4 года назад)
so could we make the honey ourselves?
Venus A. (4 года назад)
How are names made for new ideas or diseases?
SnoopledeDoople *meh.* (4 года назад)
why do dogs bark at their own farts and or or mailmen\mailwomen
Curtis Roach (4 года назад)
what is LSD?
Puck615 (4 года назад)
Why does honey crystallize?  is this part of the process that enables honey to "last forever"?
David. Jansson (4 года назад)
What triggers an erection? Curiousity
Eddie San Juan (4 года назад)
So is the processor be the only one that can produce invertase? Like why can't the worker bee just add it the the nectar herself?
Pranav Mahadikar (4 года назад)
how terrible all the males sacrifices to make a queen bee
Jo Ottenz (4 года назад)
Fucking plastic particles in my Honey!! And milk and fucking Beer!! :O 
Chase Cannon (4 года назад)
I like this guy😉and of course the videos ... 😂
Niels Daniel Buch (4 года назад)
basically honey is bee spit/vomit, remember that for your next cup of tea.
Joseph Terry (4 года назад)
streglof (4 года назад)
So honey is just bee puke? nice....
Lonred Star (4 года назад)
Honey is very sterile, natural honey, because of the high sugar content, most bacteria cannot feed on it as there is too much sugar, allowing the stuff to last over 3000 years
IlrysKadiatu (4 года назад)
Mmmm, delicious bee puke.  I love honey.
AlgerianFalcon (4 года назад)
"And your Lord inspired to the bee, "Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you]." There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought." The Quran 16:68
Wendell Brown (4 года назад)
Wendell Brown (4 года назад)
Muhammad Slackers (4 года назад)
I have a question. People who are smoking, why do they keep on smoking? Why are they addicted to smoking? And how can they stop smoking? Appreciate it if you guys could answer this please. Thanks.
monkey4725 (4 года назад)
Id love to learn about the life cycle of bumble bees!
MeganJPenney (4 года назад)
How is a queen bee picked?
Mohammad Mustafa (4 года назад)
Surah An-Nahl And thy Lord inspired the bee, saying: Choose thou habitations in the hills and in the trees and in that which they thatch; (68) Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of thy Lord, made smooth (for thee). There cometh forth from their bellies a drink divers of hues, wherein is healing for mankind. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for people who reflect. (69)
Mohammad Mustafa (4 года назад)
Surah An-Nahl And thy Lord inspired the bee, saying: Choose thou habitations in the hills and in the trees and in that which they thatch; (68) Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of thy Lord, made smooth (for thee). There cometh forth from their bellies a drink divers of hues, wherein is healing for mankind. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for people who reflect. (69)
Lominoth Productions (4 года назад)
QQ: What is the name of that feeling a person gets after they finish the final book or video game in a series, and what is the science behind it?
Shaina Joseph (4 года назад)
I read this as Bees make money?
realtntuser (4 года назад)
2:40 is too short for a video on bees, they deserve a 10 min one at least
Rob Allen (4 года назад)
pretty sweet
realisrealizerealies (4 года назад)
No C Name C (4 года назад)
WHY do we always SEE the same side of the MOON?
Videoberg (4 года назад)
Pretty sure I have a honey stomach too by now. I consume about a jar of honey every month, probably addicted to it. Just now I have 6 different types of honey in my pantry from different countries and regions. This can't be healthy...
The Vapologist (4 года назад)
Thanks Hank. Sweet enough.
Brianna Comeau (4 года назад)
I suggest making a video on "why and how weeds grow even though they are bad?"
sali man (4 года назад)
you forgotten to mention that honey is the only food on the planet that is produced by not harming (killing) any living organism. 
Samyang (4 года назад)
Now i gotta sip a honey bee!
Gabriel25 (4 года назад)
How are queens chosen? And how do they become so different from a normal bee?
Arnold Navarro (4 года назад)
yay horay for bees... not so bad, always hanging around the dumpster at work.... sad world. PLEASE DIE :D
doorNobs11 (4 года назад)
Question: how do songs get stuck in your head?
A Dödi (4 года назад)
Did you know, that archaeologist find Honey in Tutankhamen tombs, ad it was still good! Not forever, but 2000 years still enough!

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