I know bees make honey from nectar, and I know they drink the juice of fallen fruit, but do they actually make honey from fruit, or do they only eat from it for themselves?

  • $\begingroup$ Well, they do, but I'm still looking for scientific backup. They also make honey from maple syrup, corn syrup, sugarwater, molasses, etc. $\endgroup$ – J. Musser Aug 19 '14 at 15:37

The substances that bees consume do end up in honey. There was a high-profile case in Brooklyn in 2010 (The Mystery of the Red Bees of Red Hook) where bees from several hives began producing red honey after feeding on dyed maraschino cherry juice from a local factory.

A follow-up article from 2015 (How Bees Revealed a Pot Farm Beneath the Maraschino Cherries) claims that the substance they began producing was not honey but “red gunk”; however, that may have been editorial license.

A “honeycomb” from Mr. Selig’s hives. Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times


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