Friday, 5 October 2012

Coloured honey

Apparently some French beekeepers have been bemused recently to find their bees making honey in decidedly non-honey-like colours, such as blue, green and even red.  The BBC showed some footage, and the jars really were quite impressive.  I'd have bought some!

Now the mystery has been solved, and sadly, we'll not be seeing green honey in our shops any time soon.  It turns out there's a biogas plant that processes waste from the Mars factory nearby, and the bees had discovered waste M&Ms which had been left in a bin outside.  Not unnaturally, the bees found them irresistible, but the 'nectar' they took back to the hives wasn't the innocent, almost colourless liquid of the natural state.

Boring!

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