How long it takes bees to build honeycombs?
If you are one of those rare species who don't know what a honeycomb is, let's begin with that.
What is Honeycomb?
Honeycomb is a natural product which is built by honey bees. They make it to store their honey and pollen or to keep their larvae. The honeycomb structure comprises of a series of hexagonal cells created from beeswax usually containing raw honey.
It can take about 7 days to 2 months for bees to make their honeycomb. In about 7 days from the early build up and moving in, honeybees can add from 1 to 3 pounds of honeycomb inside the structure.
Why honeycombs are hexagonal in shape?
What is beeswax?
Beeswax is the element which is used by bees to build their honeycomb cells. It is very similar to other waxes in nature. Honeybees release beeswax from the eight glands openings on their lower belly. However, to produce beeswax, honeybees must eat honey. When the beeswax hardens on the belly region of the bees, it falls in clear flat bits recognized as scales.
Then these scales are munched and make softer by the female bees. They form these softened scales into hexagonal cells inside the honeycomb.
Why do honeybees make beeswax comb?
Honeycomb is built inside the honeybee hive. The honeycomb is the home for honeybees and the cells are their rooms. A sole hexagonal structure is called a cell. Separate cells serve different purposes for the colony. When bee queen returns from her mating trip, she lay her eggs in the cells built by the female bees. Those cells are called brood cells. The brood cells will be the development chambers for growing honeybees. These cells are diligently maintained by the female worker bees.
Is honeycomb healthful?
Honeycomb is mostly about beeswax and raw honey. However, beeswax doesn't have much of the nutritive value, except for the hints of vitamin A. Nonetheless as a human body cannot break the beeswax, it can be used as a source of roughage in the diet.
Raw honey inside the cells of honeycomb is very nutritious. It contains vitamins, pollen, antioxidants, and enzymes. Raw honey is in the most unadulterated form of honey and it contains very less amount of water. But when it is exposed to air, it draws water from the atmosphere.