Bee gathering nectar
A nectar forager


Honey is the sweet liquid produced by bees. They ingest nectar and honeydew, enrich it with substances of their own, store and mature it in honeycombs. Bees produce blossom honeys from nectar and honeydew honey from honeydew. Honeydew is the product of small plant sucking insects. Switzerland produces about 3000 t of honey per year which covers only about 1/3 of its needs, the remaining 2/3 have to be imported. The annual consumption of 1.2 kg honey per capita in Switzerland is one of the highest in the world.

The way of honey

In this slideshow you can see the main stages of honey production.

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