When life hands you dead bees, you might as well make beeswax.
I've documented the process before. Basically you melt the comb in water, filter out the larger solids (called slumgum), then melt it again and filter it through a stocking.
I rendered the pale honeycomb in one batch and half the dark brood comb in another. You get a lot more wax from the honeycomb, and the shade is notably lighter.
I ordered a mold to make little one-ounce bars and I might try to make a candle or two.
As I was photographing the wax on a backyard table, I could hear a pretty loud humming from the chanticleer pear tree, which is coming into bloom.
Swarm season is just around the corner.