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  1. #1
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    Question

    When bees tear down honeycomb do they reuse the wax or throw it away????

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    Erwin

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    They recycle it as fertilizer.

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    I'm training my bees to make candles.

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    Jason G in Tennessee Guest

    Question

    Yes, how do they use it? FERTILIZER? In the spring when I put in my mail order swarm and installed the queen I left too much space between the frames where I placed the queen and they built comb in there of course.
    I lifted the frame too quickly and it fell into the bottom of the hive body. I wonder if the brood and pollen is still being stored there or if they removed it and what they did with it if they did remove it. Just throw it out?
    Jason G in TN

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    The cappings they seem to waste by letting it fall to the bottom. The occasional dropped flake or anything else that falls to the bottom seems to stay there. Sometimes they do tear down comb and move the wax somewhere else. Sometimes they just tear it down and let the debris fall to the bottom. If you live in a house with dogs you understand that if it falls on the floor it belongs to them. In a feral hive if it falls on the floor it belongs to the wax moths.

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