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Honey is made when bees collect nectar from plants and transform it into honey. Most of the honey that is produced in Finland is multifloral honey, since the diversity of Finnish nature and the short harvest season mean that the bees collect honey from many different plants at the same time. Whilst visiting the flowers, they not only gather nourishment, but also pollinate the plants efficiently.

The honey bee is the only insect that humans have been able to domesticate. The bees live in colonies in which there can be up to more than 60 000 bees in the summer.

How much do you know about the life of bees and about Finnish honey? Answer these questions and find out!

1
Why do bees dance?
a
Because they strengthen their legs and wings by dancing.
b
By dancing, they indicate where nectar can be found.
c
The drone courts the queen by dancing.
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In the dark beehive, the bees indicate the location of the source of nectar (distance and direction) to the other bees by dancing and vibrating their wings.

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In the dark beehive, the bees indicate the location of the source of nectar (distance and direction) to the other bees by dancing and vibrating their wings.

2
How does a bee defend the beehive?
a
With a mass attack.
b
By blocking the entry to the beehive.
c
With its poison sting.
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A bee defends the beehive with its poison-gland sting that has a serrated edge. This is the reason why the sting gets tightly lodged in the skin.

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A bee defends the beehive with its poison-gland sting that has a serrated edge. This is the reason why the sting gets tightly lodged in the skin.

3
How much lighter than traditional honey is Mieleinen?
a
10 % lighter
b
25 % lighter
c
35 % lighter
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Due to the low energy content of fibre, Mieleinen is 25 % lighter than ordinary honey, and its sweetness is also milder.

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Due to the low energy content of fibre, Mieleinen is 25 % lighter than ordinary honey, and its sweetness is also milder.

4
What impact do bees have on nature?
a
They pollinate plants, which improves the quality and yield of the harvest.
b
They damage the leaves and the stems of plants.
c
They destroy other insects in the area.
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Bees produce delicious honey, but they also pollinate plants, which improves the quality and the yield of the harvest. They do not harm nature.

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Bees produce delicious honey, but they also pollinate plants, which improves the quality and the yield of the harvest. They do not harm nature.

5
The wild bilberry that Mieleinen contains is a true superberry. Why?
a
It has a lot of protein, which is important for healthy muscle growth.
b
It has a stronger refreshing effect than coffee does.
c
It has plenty of different vitamins and flavonoids.
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The superberry of the Finnish forests, the bilberry, contains plenty of different vitamins and flavonoids. Bilberries promote health and have a deliciously fresh flavour.

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The superberry of the Finnish forests, the bilberry, contains plenty of different vitamins and flavonoids. Bilberries promote health and have a deliciously fresh flavour.

6
What do the duties of the worker bees include?
a
Mating and laying eggs.
b
Collecting nectar and producing honey.
c
Going on the mating flight and procreating.
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The sterile worker has lots of duties, e.g. collecting nectar, pollen and water, producing honey, tending to the queen and the larvae, cleaning out and building the cells as well as guarding the opening, the flight opening, of the hive.

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The sterile worker has lots of duties, e.g. collecting nectar, pollen and water, producing honey, tending to the queen and the larvae, cleaning out and building the cells as well as guarding the opening, the flight opening, of the hive.

7
What is a drone?
a
A person who spends most of their time on the sofa.
b
A male bee whose only duty is to fertilize the queen.
c
A person who has not yet found the Mieleinen products.
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The term drone has more than one meaning, but here, a drone refers to a male bee. It enjoys full board in the beehive until it departs on the fatal mating flight. Its only duty is to fertilize the queen.

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The term drone has more than one meaning, but here, a drone refers to a male bee. It enjoys full board in the beehive until it departs on the fatal mating flight. Its only duty is to fertilize the queen.

8
How much health-promoting fibre does Mieleinen contain?
a
3 % fibre.
b
34 % fibre.
c
23 % fibre.
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Mieleinen is a honey product that is very rich in fibre, since 34 % of its contents is stomach-pampering fibre. Mieleinen is a good supplement to daily diets, which often do not include enough fibre.

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Mieleinen is a honey product that is very rich in fibre, since 34 % of its contents is stomach-pampering fibre. Mieleinen is a good supplement to daily diets, which often do not include enough fibre.

9
There is only one queen bee in a beehive. How many eggs does it lay on average per day?
a
Approx. 20-30 eggs.
b
Approx. 10 000 eggs.
c
Approx. 1500 eggs.
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From spring until the end of the summer, the queen lays 1 500 eggs on average per day (sometimes as many as 3 000).

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From spring until the end of the summer, the queen lays 1 500 eggs on average per day (sometimes as many as 3 000).

10
When is the honey collected from the beehives?
a
In the spring.
b
At the end of the summer.
c
In the middle of the summer.
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The bees collect nectar from flowers and use it to produce honey for their nourishment and they store it for the winter. The beekeeper collects the honey from the beehives at the end of the summer and feeds the bees with a sugar solution.

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The bees collect nectar from flowers and use it to produce honey for their nourishment and they store it for the winter. The beekeeper collects the honey from the beehives at the end of the summer and feeds the bees with a sugar solution.