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Waxing Poetic About Honey Bees and This Amazing UC Davis Bee Class on Wax Working

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Do you know how honey bees, the world's most beneficial insects, produce wax? Have you ever worked with beeswax? Have you ever made candles and wax...

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees, which have eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beeswax candles are cleaner, brighter and burn longer than other candles, plus, crafters can be very creative. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beeswax candles are cleaner, brighter and burn longer than other candles, plus, crafters can be very creative. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beeswax candles are cleaner, brighter and burn longer than other candles, plus, crafters can be very creative. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a wrap! Reusable wax wrappers are used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville (
It's a wrap! Reusable wax wrappers are used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a wrap! Reusable wax wrappers are used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Single plastic bags and plastic wrap are out; reusable wax wrappers are in.  They're used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville (
Single plastic bags and plastic wrap are out; reusable wax wrappers are in. They're used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Single plastic bags and plastic wrap are out; reusable wax wrappers are in. They're used to wrap sandwiches and other foods. They are environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical. This wax wrap is the work of Vacaville artist and crafter Teresa Hickman of Vacaville ("handmadebyTeresa" on Facebook), who sells these (along with tote bags and zippered pounches) at the Davis Farmers' Markets and other venues. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Learn About Honey Bee Anatomy at UC Davis Class

The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on

Consider the honey bee. Like all insects, it has a head, thorax and abdomen. But are you familiar with the rest of its anatomy? Here's an...

The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on
The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on "Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Honey Bee" takes place Oct. 19 at UC Davis, and is offered by the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper Program. This image was taken in Vacaville of a bee heading toward a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The parts of a honey bee include the head, thorax and abdomen. A class on "Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Honey Bee" takes place Oct. 19 at UC Davis, and is offered by the UC Davis-based California Master Beekeeper Program. This image was taken in Vacaville of a bee heading toward a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis Bee Classes Are 'The Bees' Knees'

A student in the UC Davis class,

If you want to bee-come a beekeeper, bee scientists at the University of California at Davis will oblige. Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro...

A student in the UC Davis class,
A student in the UC Davis class, "Planning Ahead for Your First Hive," holds a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A student in the UC Davis class, "Planning Ahead for Your First Hive," holds a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño opens a hive as the students gather around. (Photo by Kathy Katley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño opens a hive as the students gather around. (Photo by Kathy Katley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño opens a hive as the students gather around. (Photo by Kathy Katley Garvey)

Participants in the UC Davis class,
Participants in the UC Davis class, "Planning for Your First Hive," learn about the top bar hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Participants in the UC Davis class, "Planning for Your First Hive," learn about the top bar hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis research assistant Bernardo Niño examines a frame. He is the educational supervisor for the California Master Beekeeper Program, which conducts bee classes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis research assistant Bernardo Niño examines a frame. He is the educational supervisor for the California Master Beekeeper Program, which conducts bee classes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis research assistant Bernardo Niño examines a frame. He is the educational supervisor for the California Master Beekeeper Program, which conducts bee classes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hive in the foreground is teeming with bees. In the background, students in a UC Davis class learn about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A hive in the foreground is teeming with bees. In the background, students in a UC Davis class learn about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hive in the foreground is teeming with bees. In the background, students in a UC Davis class learn about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Upcoming UC Davis Course: How to Monitor, Mitigate and Manage Varroa Mites

A varroa mite on a drone pupa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're a beekeeper or plan to be a beekeeper, you're aware of Public Enemy No. 1. That would be the varroa mite, Varroa destructor, an...

A varroa mite on a drone pupa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A varroa mite on a drone pupa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite on a drone pupa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite-infestation on a drone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A varroa mite-infestation on a drone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite-infestation on a drone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite on a worker bee that is nectaring lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A varroa mite on a worker bee that is nectaring lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A varroa mite on a worker bee that is nectaring lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A vial containing varroa mites. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A vial containing varroa mites. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A vial containing varroa mites. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear That Buzz? Beginning Beekeeping Courses at UC Davis!

A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear that buzz? If you're thinking about becoming a beekeeper but don't know how and where to begin, the University of California, Davis, is offering...

A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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