No countdown about animals and food would be complete without paying homage to the honeybee. This striped bee is the only insect that produces food available for human consumption, and it didn’t earn the name “worker bee” for nothing. In order to make honey, field honeybees collect nectar from flowers and return to the hive where worker bees take the nectar and begin to process it into honey by evaporating water from the nectar. This process can take a while, since they have to eat and then regurgitate the nectar repeatedly until it becomes honey. Like the other animals on this list, honeybees prove that being an animal gourmet isn’t easy, but the results are often well worth it.
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