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Happenings in the insect world
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by Jeannette E. Warnert
on October 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM
Glad to know it's not "vomit," but even though, TMI.
by Alicia
on April 14, 2016 at 3:02 PM
If it goes down their little bee throats and comes back up, it is vomit. One man's opinion does not change the fact that bees regurgitate nectar. I don't care where inside them it comes from. Vomit is vomit.
by robert andrew
on May 24, 2016 at 10:09 AM
What I find fascinating is how does this nectar get funneled to the correct stomach ? But I sort of also agree with Alicia, vomit is vomit, and regurg is regurg.
by Shane
on June 2, 2016 at 1:14 AM
This is so stupid, it is bee regurgitate, aka vomit, not that hard to understand
by Sam Albright
on June 8, 2016 at 5:49 AM
Meriam-Webster defines Vomit. 1: an act or instance of disgorging the contents of the stomach through the mouth; also : the disgorged matter.  
Since the nectar does not come from the bees stomach. it is not "Vomit" as defined above.
by Chris Strobel
on June 11, 2016 at 12:23 AM
@ Sam Albright, "also : the disgorged matter."  
 
Disgorge: cause to pour out.  
 
"the combine disgorged a steady stream of grain"  
 
or in this case  
 
"the bee disgorged the nectar and bee-gut-protein cocktail into the honeycomb via its mouth."  
 
So, allowing that it is disgorged by the bee and is in fact physical matter, honey by Mr. Websters definition is vomit.  
 
However! Since it is technically not yet honey but a "nectar and bee-gut-protein cocktail" until it is dehydrated by the fanning of wings after which it becomes honey, I suppose honey is less bee vomit and more dehydrated bee vomit with natural preservatives.
by Ineke
on June 14, 2016 at 4:42 AM
Vomit or not it still tastes great :-)
by Shirley
on September 25, 2016 at 7:26 AM
No matter what kind of "stomach" it's stored in, it still gets "vomited" up to make honey!! Therefore, bee vomit!!! 😁
by Gary
on October 7, 2016 at 6:39 PM
So maybe it is vomit and maybe not vomit. It tastes so wonderful--who really cares? That's God's handiwork. It's a treat; just enjoy the honey. Bees are incredible creatures-they're our pollinators. I like "bee vomit."
by cathy gillott
on October 9, 2016 at 1:36 PM
i was looking this up with my granddaughter and saw this site... very interesting!!!! i like bee vomit!!!:) ;)
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on October 13, 2016 at 8:58 AM
Thank you for your comments. Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen quote: "Honey is not actually bee vomit as it never goes through a digestion (breakdown) process in  
the digestive tract of a honey bee."
by Dana Madison
on November 2, 2016 at 11:37 AM
Honey is still an animal product. So as a vegan I choose not to consume honey.
by Angela
on November 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM
LOL @ the vegan... Okay, I'll take your share of this yummy natural non-cruel animal product that's super healthy for you! Yummmm Honey!! Or bee vomit for you non believers 😜 I'm still going to plant enticing flowers for them and partake of this wonderful gift!!
by Mehwish Nisar
on November 5, 2016 at 11:06 AM
I understood what they are trying to explain... Allah is great... That system what bees have we people can hardly understand.... But it's blessing for us from Allah... It is definately not the vomit.
by Sandra Laurie
on November 8, 2016 at 5:41 AM
Who cares if it is vomit or not--we have been eating it for thousands of years. I'm not going to STOP eating it. There is much worse things out there that we eat and we haven't stopped eating them. So why now? Apples have wax on the skin that can kill you from pesticides. So really, people!
by Lance Whitacre
on December 2, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Your toast will taste better  
with Bee vomit ON IT. !
by Finn McCool
on December 13, 2016 at 4:25 PM
Remember, digestion begins in the mouth. Enzymes breakdown constituent nutrients. Most people wolf their food down. Mom was wise to say "chew your food!"
by Capnsaveemm
on January 8, 2017 at 10:08 AM
Honey is NOT non-vegan. It comes from nectar that is plant based.
by Bryan Withay
on February 12, 2017 at 9:59 PM
God didn't make the bee vomit, Gary. The bees made the bee vomit.
by Rain
on February 17, 2017 at 6:23 PM
It is bee vomit, though. Digestion starts in the mouth and the esophagus is part of the digestive system. If something goes in a bee's mouth and through its esophagus, part of its digestive system, and then comes back out the same way, it's vomit. Bees only have an esophagus for digestion since they don't use it for respiration. It's bee vomit from its special storage organ not used for digesting its food, but instead for turning nectar into honey. Then it regurgitates, aka vomits, this material back up its esophagus, part of its digestive system, back out of its mouth, where digestion began. If "bee vomit" offends you or disgust you, you're going to spend most of your life offended and disgusted. I enjoy bee vomit, it's delicious!
by Norma Cenva
on March 27, 2017 at 10:23 AM
Evidently some people can't take a joke. I eat bee vomit. Same as I eat cow solidified mammary secretions fermented and aged with bacteria and enzymes. Joking about foods in terms that our oh so fastidious society takes issue with due simply to foolish cultural indoctrination is just that, joking and poking humor at what we consider gross. It doesn't stop anyone from eating such things, and if it does....eh....more tasty bee barf and fermented cow secretions for the rest of us.
by eman
on April 10, 2017 at 11:06 AM
Thank you for this information and please tell me more.
by Adam the Handyman
on April 21, 2017 at 7:07 PM
I haven't seen anyone mention that honey is the only food product that doesn't go bad. It can sit in the bottle, even exposed to air, and bacteria doesn't grow in it. So even if it is pollinis vomitus, it is pure, clean and edible. When The Donald hits the button and the nuclear purification hits its 3rd birthday, the wise ones that collected and saved pollinus vomitus will have a new name for it... liquid gold :)
by Michael Teige
on April 23, 2017 at 2:37 PM
I wouldn't care if it came out their butts! It be delish! And if they eat something and later on it comes back, that's vomit. Even if a pasta salad comes back so fast, it is indistinguishable from uneaten salad, it's still vomit. So honey is vomit. Delicious vomit!
by Buster B. Barf
on April 29, 2017 at 4:43 PM
I think I'm going to puke.
by Brad Raspet
on May 19, 2017 at 5:36 AM
Have always thought of it as bee spit. If you hack something up from the back of your throat (esophagus) you wouldn't call it vomit.
by pedantist
on May 31, 2017 at 9:34 PM
@Chris Strobel  
"contents of the stomach"  
It's not vomit because it's not the contents of the stomach. Reading comprehension, please. You can't just pick and choose phrases out of a statement and disregard the rest of the context of it.
by Hair Splitting
on July 12, 2017 at 2:43 AM
This is some pedantic hair splitting. At the end of the day it's the same thing unless you're an overly literal robot that can't decipher context.
by John john
on August 25, 2017 at 11:34 AM
I went though all that eating some honey-covered cereal and it still tasted fantastic.
by Charles G. Miller
on September 4, 2017 at 5:01 PM
Bees, tarantulas, common street poop--all these things have a purpose...
What I know is that honey is secreted from the pharyngeal glands, so it's not a bee vomit.  
 
@Dana Madison, it is an animal and vegetable product at the same time!
 
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