I divided the frames into three lots. (1) Empty or damaged ones went directly into the solar wax melter. (2) Partly filled ones were left for the native insects to glean and then added to the melter. (3) Fully capped honey was cut from the frames and placed in remote areas as a wildlife treat.
While I worked, my backyard tree swallows provided cheery company and a Northern Mockingbird entertained me with a brilliant repertoire of an assortment of songs he had learned from other species and turned into a pretty, musical medley. I pity the folks who had desk jobs on such a beautiful day.
|My homemade solar wax melter salvaging beeswax.|
|Partly filled honey frames waiting for insects to clean.|
|A very tiny native bee cleaning her sticky center legs.|
|A visiting honey bee was happy to help with the washing up.|