Hollywood has never been known to produce factually correct films, from historical events to the intricacies of animal interactions. Jerry Seinfeld Bee movie is a case in point. At Bee movie, Jerry Seinfeld plays a young bee, male of course, who wants to live beyond the beehive. They join the “pollen jocks” – male bees who leave the hive to collect pollen, which the male and female bees in the hive, in less work, turn into honey.
Real life is very different. It’s in female the bee that leaves the hive in search of pollen, the male that stays as a drone to do the work of the hive. Plot from Bee movie it could be better if this little fact is not hidden, but that is a topic for another article.
Let’s get back to the truth about bees. Bees produce honey, which has long been considered nature’s perfect food, and bee pollen and honey-based products are becoming popular among consumers today.
Bee pollen products
Bees (females) leave the hive in search of pollen from various flowers. When they return, worker bees (males) take the pollen and pack it into granules, add honey (called nectar), which is used as food for the hive. Humans harvest this bee pollen, otherwise called bee bread or ambrosia.
The interesting thing about bee pollen is that no two batches are alike. “Pollen jockettes” (if you can call them that) produce pollen from different sources, and this changes the composition of the pollen.
So, what is bee pollen a man-made product?
Bath and body products enriched with bee pollen are very popular today. They include products for moisturizing, for exfoliation and even shampoo.
Honey based products
Again, honey has long been considered nature’s perfect food. Indeed, people have been eating honey since the beginning of time – it is even mentioned in the Bible.
Today, people consume honey as a flavoring in bread, ice cream, or even on its own. It is also used as a sweetener in honey barbecue, and honey mustard is very popular.
All bees produce honey, but only honey produced by honey bees can be eaten by humans. Bees make honey by a process that I won’t go into here (if you must know, they turn nectar (pollen) into honey by regurgitating it), but then store it in their honeycombs as part of their food supply.
Honey-based products include honey, of course, and even mead. Some beers today also use it as a flavoring ingredient. It is also used to make aromatic candles.
Do we have to bee
Many people find bees annoying and will kill them on sight, which is a shame because all bees perform an important service for humans. Because they move from flower to flower collecting pollen, they also store pollen in these flowers, “pollinating” them, and insurance that the flower itself lives!
So treat the bees well!