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Nectar and pollen are what honey bees (Apis mellifera) eat when they are outdoors. The nectar mixes with enzymes within bee stomachs to produce honey. It also may be mixed with pollen to produce protein-rich beebread.

Honey and stored pollen are what the queen and the workers eat while they overwinter in their hives.

Selected larvae that are to be future queens are fed on royal jelly and the queens.
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Do bees eat the honey?

Actually, no. When bees take the nectar from the flowers, they pretty much eat it. When bees eat the nectar it helps produce the honey.

How do honey bees obtain food?

Forager bees collect nectar and pollen, and bring them back to the hive where they are stored. Water is evaporated from the nectar, turning it into honey. Bees eat pollen, a r

Do bees use honey for food?

Yes, bees live on honey all their working lives.   Only during incubation are the bees also fed pollen, and this provides their protein requirements until they die.

Is honey bees food or poop?

The purpose of the honey that a bee produces, is to feed itself and other occupants of the hive throughout the winter months when little or no nectar is available. The bees us

What do honey bees eat as alternative food?

During the flowering season, the main source of food for a honey bee will be nectar which the bee feeds on directly from the plant. During the winter, when no flowers are avai

Does bees eat honey?

Honeybees use it over the winter for food to survive, so yes, they do drink honey.