Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Bees Were Making Blue Honey

Bees are very busy little insects. They spend their days pollinating flowers and making honey.

We rely on our tiny striped friends for so many environmental favors, which is why it’s important that we keep them healthy and thriving.

It’s been a while, but the concern for bee populations has been consistent throughout the years. We just can’t afford to lose our bees.

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Bees are best known for their honey. It’s not uncommon for beekeepers to keep colonies of bees in order to collect and sell their honey. Honey is a wonderful natural sweetener, too. It can be used in baking as well as cooking.

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The sweet, sticky liquid is known to come out in a brilliant amber hue. However, back in 2012, beekeepers in northeastern France were facing a very puzzling mystery when they noticed that their bees began producing blue honey! Photos of the honey were shared on Facebook by Science, Tech, and Universe:

Photo: Facebook/Science, Tech and Universe
Photo: Facebook/Science, Tech and Universe

The strange phenomenon continued for a few months, leaving beekeepers completely stumped, according to ZME Science. It seemed as if the mystery would never be solved. However, they did have a break in the case when the beekeepers finally figured out the root cause of the bizarre blue honey.

As it turned out, the bees had been consuming waste from a nearby biogas plant in Ribeauville. This waste that was processed came from M&Ms. As the Independent reported, the Mars company was operating a chocolate factory close to Strasbourg, which was around 62 miles from the apiaries in question.

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The factory had been shipping their waste over to the biogas plant in Ribeauville to be processed. It came to light that the biogas plant wasn’t properly sealing the contained waste matter, and as a result, the bees were eating it.

That finally led to a mystery solved. Still, the blue honey was pretty cool-looking. What do you think of the blue honey? Let us know!

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