I’m sure you’ve all tasted honey. I like to put honey on my rolls at dinner along with a little butter. I also like to substitute honey for the jelly in a peanut butter sandwich. But more than anything, I like to take a spoon full of honey and just eat it plain.
Did you know that honey is made from the pollen and nectar of flowers? The worker bees fly about busily collecting all of the pollen and nectar they can and return it to the hive, where other bees convert it into the sweet sugary liquid we all love.
Did you also know that honey is the only food known to man that never goes bad? When honey sits very long, the sugar in it starts to crystalize and it gets thick and hard to use. Sadly, many people throw sugared honey away thinking it is no longer usable. But if you heat the honey up by placing the container in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes, the sugar crystals dissolve and your honey thins out like it was when you first got it. If you remember this, you will never have to throw honey away ever again.
Many doctors have claimed that if you suffer from allergies, eating locally produced honey on a regular basis may help lessen the symptoms. I’ve known some people who took a teaspoon of local honey every day and after a couple years, they had very little allergy problems.
Besides honey, bees also produce another very special product called royal jelly. Workers bees secrete royal jelly from special glands in their hypopharynx which is a small round structure in the back of their throats. The royal jelly is used to feed all of the bee larvae.
Scientists have analyzed royal jelly and found it to be about 67% water, 12% protein and 11% simple sugars and 5% fatty acids. It also contains vitamins B5, B6 and C, along with some enzymes, antibiotic and antibacterial components.
A hive of bees always has to have a queen. If anything happens to the existing queen, they have to create another one to take her place. Sometimes there are too many bees for the hive and they need another queen to take a number of the bees and establish a new hive somewhere else. Whichever case it may be, a new queen bee is required.
To get a new queen, the worker bees will usually select one or two larvae and build a larger chamber around them. Then they fill the chamber to nearly overflowing with royal jelly. The extra amount of royal jelly given to the larvae cause it to develop into a queen bee instead of a worker bee.
Once the queen hatches, she takes over for the dead queen or in the case the overcrowded hive, the second queen flies away with part of the hive to start a new one elsewhere.
The only difference between the larvae that develop into worker bees and those that develop into queens is a protein called royalactin. The royal jelly fed to worker bee larvae contains no royalactin and the royal jelly fed to the larvae that develop into queens contains royalactin.
Evolutionists have a hard time explaining how bees first learned to make honey and royal jelly. Even harder to explain is how bees evolved the ability to make royal jelly with royalactin and when to make it. Did early bees make all royal jelly with royalactin or none of it with royalactin? Too much royalactin and they have too many queens who spend all of their time fighting and trying to kill each other instead of laying more eggs. Too little royalactin and they have no queen and the hive dies off.
In order for honeybees to survive, they had to have the knowledge and ability to make royal jelly with and without royalactin from the very beginning of bees. So somehow, they want you to believe that royal jelly evolved at the same time as when the first bee evolved and that just defies all sense of logic and biology.
However, a better way to understand how royal jelly came about is to realize that God created all flying things on Day 5 of Creation. When He created bees, He designed them with the knowledge and ability to make royal honey and when to make it with royalactin and when not to.
The next time you see a honeybee, I hope you think of how special God designed them. I also hope you remember one of my favorite Bible verses that says:
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10
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