The Shellac On Your Jelly Beans Comes From A Bug

The Shellac On Your Jelly Beans Comes From A Bug

Female lac bugs secrete shellac onto trees, where it is collected, processed, and turned into thin flakes. These flakes are then dissolved in ethanol until liquid, and finally applied to various surfaces. Shellac serves multiple functions, from giving foods a glossy finish to varnishing violins.

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