Honeycomb is built by honey bees in their nests for their brood (eggs, larvae and pupae) and to store food (pollen and honey). The honeycomb is made from a wax produced by female worker bees that can secrete a wax from glands on the underside of their abdomens. The bees build their cells in a hexagon shape to maximize the use of space and enable them to be strong enough to store the heavy honey.
When harvesting honeycomb we do not touch honeycomb that is filled with the bee brood and always reserve 20% of the honeycomb filled with honey. This enables the colony to be sustainable and continue to survive and grow.
Apis Melifera Honeycomb
Apis Melifera or the European honey bees have been domesticated to build their honeycomb in frames that fit within a portable box. These bees were introduced to Indonesia over 50 years ago and are widely used by bee keepers throughout Indonesia. They play a vital role in the pollination of monoculture, assisting to improve crop quality and increase yield.
Apis Cerana Honeycomb
Apis Cerana or the Asian Honey bee are native indigenous honey bees. They are more difficult to domesticate than their European 'cousins' Apis Melifera but play a vital role in the Indonesian ecosystem.
Apis Dorsata Honeycomb
Apis Dorsata or wild giant honey bees build their honeycomb high up in the tree canopy in the rainforests throughout the Indonesian archipelago.