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The smoke triggers a primitive reflex in the bees which makes them think that a forest fire is nearby and that there is therefore a danger that their honey is about to be consumed by the inferno. Rather than surrender it to the fire they therefore eat (a proportion of) it themselves! In reality they do this with the aim of moving the honey to a new nest site. Nevertheless, this sugar fix has a stupefying effect on the bees, reducing their aggression and making them drowsy, which makes the beekeeper's life much easier!Chris
“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no waythat a bee should be able to fly.Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off theground.The bee, of course, flies anyway.Because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.”