This is a photo of a worker bee’s abdomen. The worker bees (all female) have special glands that allow them to secrete wax that is used to build the honeycomb. Bees take these wax sheets and chew them up until they have been softened by bee saliva and are pliable enough to work with, then they form them into the cells that make the honeycomb. Wax is also used to seal off cells being used for storage. The wax from a worker bee’s abdomen may be taken by another bee to chew and manipulate, or the bee may grab its own wax sheet and pass it from hind leg to fore leg and then to mouth.
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