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Beekeeping Glossary

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Natural Honey

Unfiltered and unheated honey.

Nectar

A liquid rich in sugars, manufactured by plants and secreted by nectary glands in or near flowers; the raw material for honey.

Nectary Glands

Special nectar secreting glands usually found in flowers, whose function is to attract pollinating insects, such as honey bees for the purpose of cross pollination, by offering a carbohydrate-rich food.

Newspaper Method

A technique to join together two strange colonies by providing a temporary newspaper barrier.

Nosema Disease

A widespread adult bee disease caused by a one-celled spore-forming organism Nosema apis; it infects the gut lining.

Nuc, Nucleus

A small colony of bees often used in queen rearing.