The magic of honey

October 17, 2009 | By | Comments (3)

I was inside the test kitchen yesterday, waiting to show our hives to a visitor from  The New York Times, and a bee flew in the open door.


She probably smelled the honey we had wrapped up on the table waiting to process.  Or perhaps she was just curious.  Either way, she got trapped on the window— you know the way flying bugs get trapped trying to leave through the closed window.  Poor thing.  She worked herself up into a frenzy.

I tried frantically to wave her out the door.  I was, of course, not panicking for myself, but worrying about what could happen if she flew farther indoors, into the offices of my coworkers who are allergic to honey bees.  That would not be good.

I first tried distracting her with the beeswax we had for show in the kitchen.  Not interested; much too busy trying to break the glass with her buzzing.

Then I had another idea. AH HA! I quickly unwrapped the tray of honey, stuck my finger in to get it nice and gooey, went up to the window and held it out to her.  Nothing like honey for a good distraction.  She stuck out her little proboscis (tongue) and started sipping.  I then easily walked out the door—closing it behind me—with her on my finger and giggled in delight as she sipped (her proboscis really tickled underneath my fingernail!) until she’d filled her little belly with the sweetness.

I searched for someone to share this moment with, but everyone was inside, bent over their computers transmitting our December issue. I was left alone outside.

So I thought I’d share the moment with you. And now you know, if you ever get a honey bee stuck in your house, dip your finger in some honey and follow my lead.


  1. Gene

    I once bought one of the 5lb bottles of honey at Costco, got it home and found the security seal had been tampered with. Well, what do you do now, put it down the drain or in the trash? No, I poured it onto one of the large rocks on five acres here, thinking the rain eventually would take care of it. Nope, hundreds of bees found it and it was soon gone.

    October 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm
  2. KathyG

    Awwwwww. This story reminds me of the time I first saw the little bee proboscis. I was maybe 10 years old, and had stopped to watch a bee sipping from a flower. I was astonished when she first stuck out this long, long thing! So cool.

    October 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm
  3. Mimi

    What a great moment. It’s funny how much we fall in love with creatures no matter how small they are.

    October 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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