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Beekeepers for one day!

We have gone to Sta. Mª de Torelló to learn a bit more about some little animals that can be very scary but also very useful for us: bees. After a trip of more than an hour we had breakfast and we heard an introduction to the fascinating world of bees. We even watched an interesting video about this matter.

Later, we saw the honey extractors, a device that spin dries like a washing machine. We turned the crank that removes the honey from the honeycomb, making it ready to be eaten. We tasted the acacia honey (delicious!), decorated a couple of labels for the small jars we were going to take back home……and finally:  the moment we were all waiting for (both frightened and anxiously): We turned into beekeepers for one day!

Wearing  astronaut-like costumes to protect ourselves against stings we had the opportunity to have a deep and close look into their homes: honeycombs. A honeycomb is a mass of hexagonal wax cells built by honey bees in their nests to contain their larvae and stores of honey and pollen. 

We could see everything in it, including all its inhabitants except for the Queen Bee, which didn’t want to come out today… maybe she was shy!

It’s been an incredible experience, exciting though hot (under all these clothes) and we have learnt many things. For example: did you know that bees aren’t yellow and black? They are brown and black. The yellow and black ones are wasps!