Interesting facts about wax

Wax consists  to put it simply  chemically of longchain and networklike connected fat molecules (paraffins)

Bees “sweat” wax in the form of small platelets from their bodies (with the help of the socalled wax glands)

Approximately 1.25 million such platelets produce 1 kg of natural wax.

The bees need about 50 wax platelets for one cell.

The construction of the hexagonal honeycomb cells allows the least amount of material to be used with maximum use of space, each cell wall is used on both sides "all the way around". The thickness of the cell walls is approximately 1/3 the thickness of a human hair.

The construction of the honeycombs represents a mathematical and engineering feat. The cells are the result of a mathematical limit calculation – maximum volume with minimal material expenditure and at the same time maximum strength.

A honeycomb can hold about 4 kg of honey, which is 50 times its own weight.