Hives are found all over your body. They protect the skin underneath and help regulate your temperature. I’m pretty sure you’ve felt them before, maybe when you’ve been stung by a bee or had an allergic reaction on your skin. So what exactly are they made of? And why do they look so different depending on where they are located on the body?
You’ll be able to answer “What are hives made of?” by the time you finish reading this. And don’t worry, I’m also going to teach you exactly how to pronounce hives too.
What are Hives made of?
Hives are made of skin, muscles, and nerves.
The skin is what you see when you look at your body. It’s made up of three layers: epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of your skin, which is thin and waterproof. The dermis is the second-thickest layer of your skin. It contains blood vessels and nerves that supply the epidermal cells with nutrients from inside your body. The hypodermis is the deepest layer of your skin, which helps to insulate you from heat loss or gain.
The muscles in a hive are what allow it to move around. They’re also what gives it a shape without muscle tissue, we wouldn’t have any definition in our bodies! Muscles are made up of different types of cells that contract when they’re stimulated by electrical impulses sent by nerves throughout your body (in other words: nerve signals). These impulses cause them to tighten up so that you can move around more easily—like when you run or lift weights at the gym!
Nerves are another important part of a hive because they carry messages between different parts of your body so that they function properly (like when you feel pain).
Beeswax, a natural wax secreted by bees, is one of the main ingredients in hive construction.
Honeybees use this substance to make their hives waterproof. The bees also use propolis—a plant resin found in trees and plants to seal cracks and gaps in their homes. This helps prevent water from entering the hive and keeps out harmful pests like mites.
The honeycomb is another vital part of the hive that helps keep bees warm and dry during the winter months. It’s made up of hexagonal cells that are made from beeswax and pollen. These cells are used to store bee larvae (baby bees) as well as honey for food later on down the road.