Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t have a question about their “honey cone.” How should they store it or eat it or clean it? How can they sell it or save it or reuse it? I always wondered where this spelling variation came from. I used to think it was a simple typo […] Read more
After reviewing the list of biology books in my last post, Mike Riter of New York had a good question about the angle of honeycomb cells. Do any of those books tell us how much of a tilt, in degrees, the honey bees build their cells so honey won’t leak out as they cap them? […] Read more
This photo was taken by Mr Meshal Allogmani from Makka, Saudi Arabia. His bees are busy building honeycomb. The first comb in the background looks normal, but the one in front is amazingly different. I think the appearance is due to the wax being extremely transparent, so we are seeing the structure on the other […] Read more
Nope, you should always eat your beeswax plain. Oh, sorry, couldn’t resist. If you are asking if it’s safe to eat honey along with the wax comb it was made in, the answer is yes. In my opinion it is the best way. See “How to eat comb honey” for more information.
Mold seems to be the topic of the week, but that is not surprising. This is the time of year when you open a hive that has overwintered with little interference from you. What you find in there is not gleaming combs of honey and pollen, but empty cells rimed with white, green, blue, or […] Read more
The thin layer of new wax that bees build over the top of cured (or dried) honey is called capping wax. Although bees cap brood cells one at a time, they cap honey cells in groups. Once an area of comb is ready to cap, the bees may cover many square inches at once. This […] Read more
One of the most amazing things about honeycomb is the angle of the cells. At first the cell walls appear to be perpendicular to the foundation, but they are not. From the base of the cell, each cell lifts between 9 and 14 degrees toward the open end. That is, there is a 9-14 degree […] Read more