View of honeycomb of the honey bee, Apis mellifera

View of honeycomb of the honey bee, Apis mellifera

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Caption: Honeycomb. View of a honey-containing honeycomb of the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Honeycomb consists of rigid hexagonal cells made largely from wax secretions from the worker bees' bodies. They are used for rearing young, and for storing pollen and honey. To make one gram of beeswax, a honey bee must consume over sixteen grams of honey and an unknown amount of pollen. Honey is made by worker bees who ingest nectar from flowers, convert it into honey in special sacs in their gut, and place it in the cells to mature.

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Keywords: animal, apis mellifera, hexagonal, honey, honey bee honeycomb, honeycomb, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, wildlife, zoology

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