Bees secrete beeswax from a series of glands on their abdomens. They use the wax to form the walls and caps of the comb in a beehive.
Honey bees use the beeswax to build honeycomb cells in which their young are raised and honey and pollen are stored.
The wax of honeycomb is nearly white, but becomes progressively more yellow or brown by incorporation of pollen oils and propolis.
For the wax-making bees to secrete wax, the ambient temperature in the hive has to be 33 to 36 degrees C (91 to 97 degrees F). To produce their wax, bees must consume about eight times as much honey by mass.
It is estimated that bees fly 150,000 miles, roughly six times around the globe, to yield one pound of beeswax (530,000 km/kg).
Bespoke Global bees live and work at Silvermine Apiary. Silvermine is a three-generation family run business, located in Fairfield County, Connecticut USA.
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