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An Adhesive Made with Bee Spit


What is bee spit? Contrary to popular belief, it is not honey — but it can be used as glue, according to chemical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The average honeybee’s diet consists of pollen and nectar collected from colorful flowers and carried back to the hive.

During transport, the nectar is stored in the bee’s extra stomach (i.e., its crop) until it can be converted into honey. To amass collected pollen, honeybees pack it into neat bundles and store it behind their hind legs...

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