The description of Propolis is explained on this page and how the bee makes it. What the uses are, with photos of the propolis.
Description of propolis.
Below is some propolis obtained from a wild swarm that was taken out of a opening they lived in the ground, or small cave and had made a hive of combs. It sealed off the opening of the hole totally. Also there is some honey and particles left on the pieces.
It’s a resinous mixture bees produces by using saliva and beeswax with sap or resins from trees or plants leaves.
How its made
The worker bees collect the resins on their hairy legs and keep it in their pollen baskets, carry it back to the hive.
Where they make the mixture.
Bees use the propolis to seal their hives from unwanted open spaces and holes. It protects from the cold in winter and from predators entering.
The propolis can actually seal of the opening to hive as well by leaving just a hole big enough for a bee or two to enter and exit the hive.
Its not used for food by the bees as they eat pollen. But used to protect the hive.
The propolis is extremely tough, and can also be found on top of the hives super frames, or between the super and the brood box. Sealing the different boxes together. Propolis is used by the green orchard bees to divide their nest up of cells.
Below note the dark propolis on the sides and top of the frames.
The description of propolis for healthy organic creams.
Propolis can be eaten but its used for health supplements, rather. The propolis mixture has an enzymes that helps against viruses and bacteria and fungi. It may be known to have anti inflammatory effects and can be used with organic health mixtures for the skin.