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More About Honeycomb

For many centuries, humans have harvested honey from bees for its sweet taste and waxy comb, a unique substance that can be used for many purposes. What is honeycomb?  Like honey, honeycomb is made by honeybees in their hives. Both substances get their start as nectar from flowers, which the honeybees transform into honey through a […]

Honeycomb and Beeswax

Carefully crafted by young worker bees into six-sided honeycomb cells, beeswax provides tiny storage units for bee larvae, honey and pollen. There are two possible explanations for why honeycomb is composed of hexagons rather than another shape. One is that a hexagonal structure uses the least material to create a lattice of cells. Another is that […]

Never leave empty space in a beehive.

I opened my beehives today and found this interesting frame.  Someone (couldn’t have me!) put a frame in the hive that had no foundation.  The bees were good with that.  They just filled the space in by making honeycomb at a 90 degree angle to the other comb in the hive.  Ugh!  Click image for […]