Wow I have never seen them try to close the entire entrance!Looks exactly like propolis. Some of my bees next to a pine forest with abundant supply do exactly the same pre winter.
If you are going to give those bees an entrance guard you could remove the propolis and use it for home remedies or whatever.
I had to look it up because it wasn't clicking for me (but sounded right according to the Latin.) I guess "before" the city as in "suburb." Wiki says "apparently because the material was used by bees to extend their hives."The word propolis actually means "before the city".
PRO'POLIS (Lat., from Gk. πρόπολις, bee glue, suburbs, from πρό, pro, before + πόλις, polis, city).
A substance commonly known as ‘bee glue,’ . . . .
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Agree!That "brown stuff" is good for you.
Some of us eat it and drink it and even sell it.
Very interesting. Thanks for the link.Agree!
Recently I had a sore spot on the inside of my mouth. A little infection, wouldn't go away. . So I diluted some propolis tincture and rinsed my mouth. Also applied a little tincture with a Q tip. In a couple days....gone!
Also, I work in a dementia care facility, so I got curious if propolis might be good for cognitive function. Turns out:
I don't know if this is a "good " study or not but I find it interesting.
Needless to say, I take propolis.
Seems like propolis varies a lot, sometimes very very sticky, other times hard as concrete. Old propolis gets crackly and chips right off.What is the consistency of this brown stuff? Hard? Gooey? Runny? Waxy? My guess is propolis as well, but that would depend on what it feels like when you poke it or scrape it.