Re: "need" to draw wax?
i made the mistake of adding foundation in and above the brood nest to a couple of colonies earlier this spring, (did not have any drawn comb to put there). the bees pretty much ignored it.
the result was that it threw them into swarm mode. i'm guessing because instead of expanding the brood nest, i decreased it.
the foundationless frames i added at the same time however, were drawn out into drone comb, and are now being backfilled with honey.
i did have enough drawn comb to checkerboard a couple of colonies, the results are impressive.
my goal this year is to get as much drawn comb as possible, without feeding syrup.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf