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Sunday, 24 May 2009

How bees make comb

This photo shows the colony making new comb. The frame has been added to the hive with the foundation broken off so that it is only a few cm long. This will encourage the formation of drone brood - which can be used either to take drones off into breeding apiaries or, more likely, to provide a test for varroa mite. I will say more, with photos, in another blog.

You can see the bees hanging in chains to make the comb - which explains (partly) why the comb ends up in the beautiful catenary shapes (from catena - a chain).

Bee scaffolding. More bees join the chain gang (sorry).

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