The Secrets of the Honey Bee

Records from 1810 show that there was honey and honeycomb at Macculloch Hall. Gentleman farmer and citizen scientist George Macculloch (1775-1858) wondered about the small honey bee when he wrote “Is the bee guided by reason or instinct and necessity? Neither legislators nor mathematicians nor architects. What sense brings them home from far?”

Since George Macculloch posed these questions, dedicated scientists and citizen scientists have studied honey bees and have uncovered many secrets of the honey bee’s life. There is still more to learn.


Honeybees gather together.

Topic: Citizen Science, Wild About Wildlife
Age / Level: 1, Primary, Elementary

The Secrets of the Honey Bee Photo Gallery

Several bees on top of honeycomb. Sweet autumn clematis in bloom in MHHM’s pollinator garden.

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