Living With Beeswax

Bee Wax Scale

For almost 2000 years, from the time of Aristotle to the late 18th century, it was widely believed that beeswax was a wax produced by plants and collected by bees much the way propolis (bee glue) is plant resin collected by bees for plugging holes in the nest. It was not until the late 17th century that wax scales on the abdomens of worker bees were described in writing by Martin John. One hundred years later, observations by peasant beekeepers reintroduced wax scales to the…

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