GCABS

Gold Coast

Amateur Beekeepers Society Inc.

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Wax Facts

  • All bees make wax in epidermal glands to cover their outer layer of cuticle to prevent water loss.
  • Beeswax softens at 32 C and melts between 62 and 66 C.
  • The flashpoint (temperature at which beeswax flares up and burns fiercely) is 254-274 C
  • Beeswax is very stable. Samples thousands of years old are nearly identical with new wax.
  • Beeswax does not oxidize and it is not affected by mildew.
  • Beeswax is composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, combined into about 300 different long chain molecules.
  • The aroma of beeswax is created by 48 hydrocarbon compounds.
  • Of 100 volatile constituents in beeswax, only 41 have been identified.
  • Although beeswax has been traded for thousands of years, there are no formal grades or standards for the product.
  • When the bees make 1kg of beeswax into comb, it will hold 22kg of honey.
  • About 1kg of cappings beeswax is produced for every 54kg of extracted honey.
  • Young worker bees secrete pure white droplets of wax called “scales.” 1kg of beeswax contains approximately 1,600,000 scales.
  • Bees must consume eight to ten kg of honey to produce one kg of beeswax.
  • The oldest known notebooks used sheets of beeswax for pages. Recovered from ancient Mediterranean shipwrecks, stylus marks pressed in the wax pages can still be read after centuries on the sea floor.
Upcoming Events
Aug
20
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Sep
5
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Sep
17
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Oct
3
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Oct
15
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Nov
7
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Nov
19
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Dec
5
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Dec
17
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Jan
2
Tue
2018
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Jan 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]