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Honey bee making wax  ~  fascinating! Honeybees are born with 8 bits of wax on their tummies.  They chew them to form the wax needed to build honeycomb on which the bees live.

Honey bees have 8 pockets on their belly where glands secrete wax. When the liquid cools the bee uses her foot to grab a scale and then chews it to shape it to make combs.

Beekeeping for Dummies was our very first beekeeping book. I can't even tell you how many are in our library now, yet this one is still a go-to book.  This chart shows the daily development cycle of all three castes, from egg to adult.

Beekeeping for Dummies was our very first beekeeping book. I can't even tell you how many are in our library now, yet this one is still a go-to book. This chart shows the daily development cycle of all three castes, from egg to adult.

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“They” say when learning about raising honey bees, it’s important to start with two hives so you know what normal bee hive activity looks like.