If a colony's honeycomb is the living, beating heart of their hive, what do we unknowingly rob them of when we insist they build comb on plastic or pre-stamped foundation?
There are many aspects of plastic or pre-stamped foundation that we could explore:
- Unnatural cell size
- Uniform cell size
- Contaminated wax
- Diminished travel
- Diminished vibration
- Diminished communication
- Diminished scent
- Diminished collective memory
- Diminished connectedness
- Diminished tangibility
And, perhaps, a diminished sense of wholeness, of collective well-being and salubrity.
Do honey bees build comb on plastic and pre-stamped foundation? Yes, of course they do. But in a hive like that, are they really thriving, or are they just surviving? Are they living fully in the world that everything in them is designed to create? Are they living fully in the world that everything in them longs to create?
Purely natural comb is made from the beeswax that is secreted from the wax glands on the underside of the abdomens of the worker bees...
...who are all related.
I wonder if purely natural comb contributes to both the collective well-being and the sense of identity of a colony. When it comes to natural comb vs. plastic or pre-stamped foundation, the bigger picture and the deeper question, at least for me, is: How much richer and more vibrant is the life of a colony that lives solely on its own comb?
By insisting that a honey bee colony build comb on plastic or pre-stamped foundation are we subjecting them to what for a honey bee is a semireality... a pseudo-reality... a poor substitute for the colony's true identity and essence?
Is comb built on plastic foundation facebook for honey bees?