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In order to make pure honey the honeybee puts its “provis” or long tongue down into the flower and sucks up the nectar as it travels from flower to flower. The bees tongue is built like a straw. When it sucks up the nectar it goes into the honeybee’s sack where it mixes with enzymes (that only the honeybee has) in the honey sack. After the honeybee returns to the hive it passes the nectar from bee to bee and they store the nectar in the honey comb to ripen into the honey we can eat. To produce a single pound of honey, the bees must bring in around 75,000 loads of nectar and then process it. This could take many, many days. Bees are constantly going back and forth from plant to plant and then back to the hive. On their way back they are carrying 85% of their weight in nectar! A busy bee hive can product up to 300 pounds of honey in a single season.