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When the bees collect honey, the moisture content is very, very high, about 80% moisture. Honey cannot be extracted and used at this high moisture content because it would ferment before it could be consumed. The moisture content of honey should be dried to about 17-18%.
When the moisture level is correct, the bees will cap off each honey comb. Before it is capped off, bees dry the honey by beating their wings. Once the moisture content is down to that 17-18% level, they cap off the honey comb to prevent the honey from absorbing any moisture.