– Beeswax is made by the worker bees and is produced by the glands (WoWee!)
– It is estimated that honey bees eat 8lbs. of honey to produce 1lb. of wax (That’s a LOT of honeyy 😉 )
-It is used by the bees to make the honeycombs which store the honey
– When the bees have filled each cell in the comb with honey, they cover all the cells with wax caps. (Even MORE honeyy 😉 )
– At harvest time, the beekeeper cuts off the wax cappings and extracts the honey (This is then cleaned and packaged and sent out to eat…)
Wax production in bees is very interesting (though I am extremely bias and think everything about bees is interesting).
The glands that produce wax are called the wax glands (scientists aren’t super original), and there are 8 of them all up, located in on the sternites on the ventral abdomen, as you can see below.
These glands are found ONLY in worker bees! Queen bees and drones do not develop these glands.
The wax from the worker bee’s glands are secreted in “scales” from between the sternites as you can see on the worker bee below.
In order for bees to secrete wax the ambient temperature of the hive must be between 32-36°c. This allows for the perfect temperature in order to mould the wax. Worker bees than collect all this discarded wax and use it for purposes stated above.
AHHHH I DIDN’T KNOW IT CAME OUT THAT WAY AHHHHHHHH