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  1. #1
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    Default Is there any significance for different colored wax used for capping honey vs. brood?

    Hi Everyone,
    Just curious why bee's produce 2 different colored waxes. The nice white cappings for honey and then the brown wax for brood. Any thoughts on this appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Default Re: Is there any significance for different colored wax used for capping honey vs. br

    Bees only produce one color of wax. White.

    If they track a lot of pollen on it it turns yellow. If they raise brood in it, it turns brown from the cocoons. If they leave enough cocoons, it turns black.

    As far as cappings, they produce two kinds. On honey it is made of wax which is air tight to keep the honey from absorbing moisture, so it starts white until they track pollen on it which may turn it yellow. On brood it is a mixture of wax and cocoons which can breathe so the pupae can get oxygen. Depending on how old and dark the cocoons are and how much are available, they vary from light yellow to dark brown.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Is there any significance for different colored wax used for capping honey vs. br

    That's a great explanation. Thx

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