I went spying on someone else’s apiary during a long walk with my dogs today. There were only four or five active colonies out of twenty hives, but the bees were already bringing in the pollen.
I bet you have been wondering, where does all that lovely beeswax come from?
Right there. There are eight glands on the abdomen of the young worker bee that secrete wax when temperature conditions are right.
Fun fact, to yield one pound of beeswax, the bees consume nearly eight pounds of honey.
Another fun fact, when a beekeeper feeds the bees in the spring, they often use a one-to-one ratio sugar to water, which is best for wax production (the same recipe is known as ‘simple syrup’, and is used in bars to sweeten cocktails).