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The honeycomb is formed from wax produced by worker bees. The wax is secreted from wax glands on the worker bees' abdomens. A droplet of wax hardens to a thin "scale" upon contact with air. The bee scrapes the wax scale off its abdomen and passes it to its mouth. It chews on the wax until it is softened and uses it to added to the construction of the comb. The wax may also be used to cap cells containing honey. (Source: The Beekeeper's Handbook. 3rd ed. Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile. Ithaca, NY: Comstock Publishing, 1998.)