I know using honey/beeswax isn’t vegan. It isn’t vegan because bees do not make any product with the intention of humans using it. Consuming honey is just like consuming dairy in that it is taking a product that is perfectly made to nourish infants and giving it to humans who have literally no biological need for it.
I have just as much respect for a bee trying to live without pain and suffering as I do any other non human animal. Here is a post about this same topic with some pretty good links. and you can also watch Vanishing of the Bees if you want to learn more about the plight of bees on this planet and how vital they are to everyone’s survival.