Friday, August 24, 2012

Bee Week! - Wax & Bees in Art

Bees excrete wax from glands on their abdomen, sounds bizzare and looks even weirder!

They pull the wax off with their back legs and work it into shape with their mouths to create the comb the queen will lay the eggs in and the workers will store their honey and pollen in.

It takes a lot of energy for a Bee to make wax, they consume about 8oz of honey to create 1oz of wax.

A swarm of Bees can be encouraged to cover objects with wax by the use of pheromones. This sculpture was created by trapping a swarm of Bees in a glass box with a wax covered human form on which they started to draw out comb. The artist had coloured wax already on the form, the Bees drew it out with their own wax to create this amazing work of art.

Here are the Bees building it:

Here is the Artist explaining his work:

He has done quite a few pieces with Bees in this way.

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1 comment:

  1. Mr. Pierre Marechal
    57, Chemin Luspot 14th Km (Arm Hollow)
    97430 BUFFER
    FRANCE (Reunion Island)
    Tel: 0692560435 GSM
    Fixed: 0262353784
    pierreroger.marechal @


    Hello Mr.
    I am French beekeeper, on Reunion Island. I am preparing a book on bees and allow me to contact you to request permission to reproduce your photo blog
    "The bees secrete wax from glands on their abdomen, 1
    Please accept, Excellency anticipated all my thanks.

    Pierre Marechal