Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

To Be A Bee

Q: How is beeswax made?

A: A young worker honeybee eats lots of nectar or honey and later emits a drop of wax via one of eight glands on its underside. The wax hardens into a flake, which the bee (or one of its neighbors) then chews, mixing it with secretions until it's workable. Beeswax is used to build honeycomb.