Some of us use beeswax, but do we understand the importance of beeswax?
Apart from the creation of honey, the wax is produced by (stingable) bees from the genus Apis. This wax is produced from a secretion of glands that are found on the bee’s mid-section of her abdomen. There are eight of these glands that produce the wax, which is hidden/stored in thin scalable sheets. These scales tend to be clear, possibly tasteless, and fragile. This fragility arises because the wax is produced by, mostly, house bees that are only 10-12 days old. As a bee gets older, her glands begin to weaken through the collection of pollen and nectar. Yet, if there is a swarm, bees quickly produce wax that provides a ‘safe’ haven for the beautiful queen to lay her eggs and also for food storage. Food includes different types of particles of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Beeswax can be found in candles, hair grease, lip balms, just to name a few.
….hhhhmmmm….let’s give thanks to the bees!!!!
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