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Beeswax is formed by worker bees which secrete it from eight wax producing glands on their abdomen as small scales. It takes about 1100 of these scales to make a gram of wax.
New beeswax is glass-clear and colorless, becoming opaque after chewing and being contaminated with pollen. The color darkens with the incorporation of pollen oils and and propolis.
Beeswax is used in the hive to form perfect hexagonal cells for storage of baby bees, honey, and other resources.
Making beeswax consumes quite a bit of resources. It requires about 8 pounds of nectar to make a pound of beeswax.
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