Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Where Does the Wax Come From?

Bees excrete wax from their abdomens.  It comes off in scales.   This is what they use to build comb with. 

New wax is white, so new comb is white.   It gets yellower and darker as the bees track pollen and propolis all over it.   

Old comb gets quite brown because they've used it again and again and have tracked stuff all over it. 


  1. Wow, that is a cool picture. Did you take it?

    1. That's one of our bees, I think Lily had the camera during that inspection.

  2. That is truly fascinating! And what Mark said too. :)

    So wax is like white carpeting...the older it is, the browner it gets? LOL!

  3. Very interesting. I feel like I've "learned my something new" today! :D

    Happy Friday - and cool pic!


  4. Mr. Pierre MARECHAL
    57, Chemin Luspot 14ème Km (Bras-Creux)
    97430 LE TAMPON
    FRANCE (Ile de la Réunion)
    Tel: GSM 0692560435
    Fixe : 0262353784


    Bonjour Monsieur

    Je suis apiculteur sur l'ile de la Réunion et je prépare un ouvrage sur les abeilles . Je me permets de vous contacter pour vous solliciter d'une ou deux photos visualisant la production de la cire par une abeille, afin d'illustrer un chapitre sur la cire .de cotre site

    Rurification: Where Does the Wax Come From?.

    Si vous voulez bien me rendre ce service , les clichés imposent une haute résolution de 300 dpi, ( 1 à 3 mo ) pour être imprimé.

    J’ajoute que l'auteur du cliché sera citée dans l'ouvrage selon vos conseils .

    Veuillez recevoir, Monsieur tous mes remerciements anticipés. 

    Pierre MARECHAL 

    PS : Si vous le pouvez, voulez vous également joindre l'autorisation d'utiliser le ou les clichés dans l'ouvrage 

    Mr. Pierre Marechal
    57 , Chemin Luspot 14th Km ( Arm Hollow )
    97430 BUFFER
    FRANCE ( Reunion Island )
    Tel: 0692560435 GSM
    Fixed : 0262353784
    pierreroger.marechal @ gmail.com

    Hello Mr.

    I am a beekeeper on Reunion Island and I am preparing a book on bees. I would like to contact you to seek the loan or permission to use this photo attachment viewing the production of bee wax ( bees wax pictures by secretion ) to illustrate the chapter wax.
    If you will do this for me , snapshots require a high resolution of 300 dpi ( 1-3 mo) to be printed .

    I would add that the author of the photograph will be mentioned in the book according to your advice.

    Please accept , Sir, all my advance thanks.

    Pierre Marechal

    PS: If you can, you want to also attach the authorization to use or clichés in the book


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