Have you ever seen a bee with yellow/orange clumps on its hind legs? Those are the pollen baskets (corbicula) in action! As bees move from flower to flower, they store pollen in these clumps until they return to the hive. They actually rake and then press the pollen grains into place for easy storage. Next time you see a honeybee or bumblebee around, check out their pollen stores!

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We're sharing a bit more about our bees this weekend in honor of World Bee Day! 🐝 Part of the extraction process is 'uncapping' or removing the beeswax that the bees have used to seal over the honey. Did you know that they only do this when the moisture level is just right? The honey is capped at a moisture level of about 18%. Too much moisture in the honey could lead to fermentation. One of the reasons you'll see bees fanning their wings is to help with the evaporation process. Once it's complete, the bees cap the honey with a thin layer of beeswax. That's when we know the honey has a good moisture level (verified with a refractometer--bees know what they're doing! 😉). Prior to extracting the honey, we have to remove that outer layer of beeswax. We use a hot knife to remove the caps, then allow the honey to drain off of them. We return the cappings to the bees, which are happy to remove every last drop of honey that we missed. At that point we retrieve and filter the wax, which is then clean and ready to use in our products. Our goal is not to waste the resources the bees have worked hard on!