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Bees are the ultimate recyclers, wasting nothing. This beautiful girl is harvesting propolis from stacked used equipment. Propolis is an amazing mix of beeswax and tree sap with anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti microbial properties. Bees us it to fill in holes, glue hive components together, imprison intruders and generally coat interior surfaces. Hives that collect lots of propolis tend to be healthier. It’s a trait that’s been discouraged in bee breeding commercially because it makes it harder for the keeper. I say bring it on healthier bees equals greater productivity and disease resistance.
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