Far out! I’ve seen pink honey (from candy canes) and red honey (from maraschino cherry juice), but I’ve never seen aqua-green honey until now. Technically, of course, it’s not honey since it wasn’t made from nectar—or at least we don’t think it was made of nectar. Still, it’s a sight to behold.
Judy Scher, a beekeeper in Eugene, Oregon, sent the following photos with a note:
Yesterday, while harvesting honey frames, I found green-blue honey in one of my hives. In 16 years of beekeeping I’ve never seen this. My best guess is that the bees flew to the Lane County Fair (5 blocks from my house) and found a trash can containing a tossed out snow cone, a tossed out cotton candy, or a tossed out sports drink. Our Eugene, Oregon nectar flow is definitely “Closed Until Spring” and the bees are desperate!
Others disagree with Judy’s assessment. Master beekeeper Morris Ostrofsky, with nearly fifty years of beekeeping experience, thinks Judy is wrong. “It’s Kryptonite,” he says. What else?
Nectar from another planet?
Kryptonite, as you know, is the mythical ore from the planet of Krypton that can drain Superman of his magical powers, and sometimes bestow superhuman strength on mere mortals. So Judy, have at it. Drink up. The bees have brought you a great gift.
In case you are curious, Judy did the sniff test and the taste test. She reports that the green liquid didn’t smell “chemical” or taste “off” or minty. Just sweet.
So next time we see Judy she will be carrying entire stacks of honey supers balanced on her fingertips and netting enormous swarms out of the sky with a single swipe of her net. So watch out! You don’t want to be mistaken for a bee.
Honey Bee Suite