Honeycomb How It Is Made

A typical hive has from 20,000 to 50,000 bees living in it. Some hives can have up to 80,000 or more bees in residence.

A honeycomb is an impressive piece of architecture. It provides food and shelter for bees during cold months, and it houses eggs, larvae and pollen along with honey.

Making a honeycomb is a laborious process for the worker bees, who build their structure with regurgitated honey. The youngest worker bees make the beeswax used to construct the honeycomb. The wax is produced in eight paired glands on the underside of the bees abdomen. They secrete little wax droplets, which harden into flakes when exposed to air. The bees then work the wax flakes in their mouths to soften them into a workable construction material for the honey combs. They then create hexagon-shaped cells. Some of these cells are used to house the queen and the brood (adult bees), and some are used to prepare and store the honey.

From the Blog Honey Comb