Bees seen collecting wax
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    Default Bees seen collecting wax

    I was looking at some discarded frames for comb honey today and I saw my girls scavenging for the fresh white wax that was left behind.

    Anybody else seen such a thing? Do you have links to the relevant research?
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    Grant Co WV
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    Default Re: Bees seen collecting wax

    Bees will move small amounts if wax for repair or reuse. I have never heard of or witnessed them moving any real quantities any distance. It appears to occur mostly within the hive. But I do not have the long term experience to have witnessed all that occurs with bees.

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    Butler Co, Missouri, USA
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    Default Re: Bees seen collecting wax

    I use a piece if plywood for a lid, they often warp, leading me to occasionally flip them. Have seen several instances this year where I'd flipped them and bees were "stealing" the wax away in the pollen baskets
    Hindsight is 20/10, not 20/20...
    I always have an idea what I shouldn't have done after the fact.

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    Default Re: Bees seen collecting wax

    Look at the landing board, I bet that wax ends up going outside just like capping wax does when they cut it open. (well first to the floor, then cleaned out)
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