Frames provide the structural support for the honeycomb that the honey bees utilize for egg and food storage. The frames and beeswax foundation are assembled together and placed in the hive body or super.
Frames in the super can be taken off the beehive to have the honey extracted for the consumer. The beekeeper can also cut the honey comb to consume it in its natural state. After the honey has been extracted, the frames can be placed back on the beehive for the honey bees to store more honey for themselves. The frames and foundation can be cross wired for additional strength when extracting.
In recent years, plastic frames have become a popular option for all ranges of beekeepers. These plastic frames provide the dependability that experienced keepers require, and can replace the traditional wood and beeswax frames.