17th June 2005 at 01:00

Use honey in qualitative food tests for carbohydrates and protein. Honey can be used as a treatment for burns, so investigate its antiseptic properties by placing samples in wells of agar impregnated with E coli and observe if the bacteria grow around the well. (Remember all safety precautions.) The Friends of the Earth website has relevant information about bees, honey and GM crops:


Examine smears of honey with a microscope and look for pollen grains.

Identifying the type of plant they come from is not easy, but you can perhaps find some help from images at and www.howe.k12.ok.usjimaskewbotzobotpolen.htm

Use ultraviolet light to look at the flowers mentioned in the article to see the patterns that a bee could perceive.

Also look at images at www.chemsoc.orgexemplarchementries2001loveridgeindex


Research the phenomenon of mimicry. Look especially for examples of Batesian mimicry (where a palatable mimic resembles a distasteful model, eg hoverflies and wasps, African robber flies and bees) and Muellerian mimicry (where a distasteful mimic resembles a distasteful model, eg monarch and viceroy butterflies).


Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today