Honey is made from the nectar of plants. Plants produce nectar to incentivise insects like bees and butterflies to visit and help pollinate.
There are SO many plants that produce nectar and since honey is made from nectar there are many varieties of honey.
Each nectar makes a different tasting honey. Most honey is labeled with a name like clover or alfalfa or orange blossom. However this name just means that they honey is PRIMARILY made from these plants.
Bees do what they want…
Bees go wherever they want and will not be commanded! They very rarely just collect from one place so beekeepers do the best they can by the taste and color of the honey as well as the time of year and what is blooming to describe the honey.
This means that the honey might even taste different from year to year based on the mixture of plants that were in bloom producing nectar at the time.
Nature is always in motion so no 2 bottles of honey are exactly the same!
Honey is an interesting substance and is each one a special experience. So try a variety and see how you like the taste!
How Bees Deter Elephants: Beehive Trials with Forest Elephants
In Africa, crops are often sources of conflict between humans and wildlife. Wildlife damage to crops can drastically reduce income, impoverishing the already impoverished.
In this context, crop-raiding animals like elephants quickly become “problem animals”. To deter elephants from raiding crops beehives have been successfully employed in Africa and in Sri Lanka.
The Elephants and Bees Project is an innovative study using an in-depth understanding of elephant behavior to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants using their instinctive avoidance of African honey bees.
The project explores the use of novel Beehive Fences as a natural elephant deterrent creating a social and economic boost to poverty-stricken rural communities through pollination services and the sustainable harvesting of “Elephant-Friendly Honey”.
I wish society would look for more solutions like this that are truely a benefit for all parties involved! Read More Here
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