Who Taught Bees to Air-Condition Their Beehives? 07/19/2016


Moody Adams, from book "Proof"
Do you know anyone who can build a house that keeps the temperature constant while it varies as much as 60 degrees on the outside? The little honey bee can;and does. The beehive’s brood area is air-conditioned. It stays an ideal 94 degrees inside even when the outside temperature goes up to 124 degrees or drops to 64 degrees.
Imagine trying to air-condition a house without electricity, motors, compressor, thermostat, wiring, etc. Man can’t do it, but the bees can and do.
And imagine an air conditioning system that requires no maintenance and never has to be shut down for repairs.
But air conditioning is just one of many miraculous things the bees do. The perfect hexagon design of their storage area is a marvel of the architectural world. It is built with the least amount of work to hold the maximum amount of honey. The young bees gorge themselves on honey and excrete slivers of wax. Other workers gather these slivers and assemble them into the six-sided cells. The perfect temperature keeps the wax soft enough to manage and strong enough to stay in place. Remarkably their “beeswax” has the highest melting point, 140 degrees, of any known kind of wax! With this wax they create honeycombs without cracks that would allow the rich honey to be lost.
In experiments done by Karl von Frisch, a professor at the University of Munich, he discovered that when a bee found some food, she would rush back to the hive and direct the other bees to it with a dance. A round dance means the food is close. If it is over 100 yards away she does a “wagging” dance step, wiggling her abdomen. The number of turns tells them the distance to the food, which can be up to three miles away. The dance programs into the bee’s brain the exact location of the food.
The bee has a second stomach, a honey stomach, which she fills and then makes a “beeline” straight for home. As she travels, her stomach puts “certain chemicals” into the nectar. The product of all this work is such a wonderful product, we call someone we really love “honey.”
These magnificent little creatures not only manufacture honey. They make beeswax which is used in candles, chewing gum, cement, adhesives, cosmetics, polishes, electrical insulators, transparent paper, and lubricants. Bees pollinate the flowering plants and fruit trees, all of which is essential for man’s enjoyment and food production.
Yet, the World Book Encyclopedia says we are not smart enough to understand the awesome little bee; “Men have studied the honeybee for hundreds of years. But we still do not know how the worker bees know what to do or when to do it. We do not know how the workers decide when to build more honeycomb, how they know when the developing bees need more food, or how they decide to start queen cells in which to raise new queen bees”--(The World Book Encyclopedia, vol. II, pp. 154-55).
Mighty Samson killed a lion and later found a beehive in the lion’s bones: “He turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion”--(Judges 14:8). The beehive inspired him to write a riddle. Today the beehive inspires us to believe in God. Who but God could teach a bee how to construct a perfectly designed home and air-condition it?


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