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Beekeeping Glossary

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Warming Cabinet

An insulated box or room heated to liquefy honey.

Wasp

A close relative of honey bees, usually in the family Vespidae; they are carnivorous, some species preying on bees (see also, Hornet).

Wax

Wax Glands

The eight glands located on the last 4 visible, ventral abdominal segments of young worker bees; they secrete beeswax droplets.

Wax Moths

Usually refers to the Greater Wax Moth, Galleria mellonella whose larvae bore through and destroy honeycomb as they eat out its impurities.

Wax Scale

A drop of liquid beeswax that hardens into a scale upon contact with air; in this form it is shaped into comb.

Wax Tube Fastener

A metal tube for applying a fine stream of melted wax to secure a sheet of foundation to an un-grooved frame.

Wind Pollinated

Plants whose flowers manufacture light pollen (and usually no nectar) which is released into the air to fall by chance on a receptive stigma; examples include the grasses (corn, oats) and conifers (pines).

Windbreaks

Specially constructed, or naturally occurring barriers to reduce the force of the (winter) winds on a beehive.

Winter Cluster

A tight ball of bees within the hive to generate heat; forms when outside temperature falls below 57 degrees F.

Winter Hardiness

The ability of some strains of honeybees to survive long winters by frugal use of stored honey.

Wire Cone Escape

A one-way cone formed by window screen mesh used to direct bees from a house or tree into a temporary hive.

Wire, Frame

Thin 28# wire used to reinforce foundation destined for the broodnest or honey extractor.

Worker Bees

Infertile female bee whose reproductive organs are only partially developed, responsible for carrying out all the routine of the colony.