It’s hard to believe that bees need so little to thrive, but that’s exactly the case, or at least when they’re put under a glass lid with some sweets (nectar) for fuel. As you can probably already see, they’ve begun the honeycomb building process. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Beekeepers may remove the entire honeycomb to harvest honey. Honey bees consume about 8.4 pounds (3.8 kg) of honey to secrete 1 pound (0.45 kg) of wax, so it makes economic sense to return the wax to the hive after harvesting the honey, commonly called “pulling honey” or “robbing the bees” by beekeepers. The structure of the comb may be left basically intact when honey is extracted from it by uncapping and spinning in a centrifugal machine – the honey extractor.