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Seasonal Dynamics

Natural comb is more than just a place bees hang out on and store their food in. It’s an integral part of the honeybee superorganism. The nest structure enhances the colony’s functional needs as they change throughout the season. With natural comb it’s: the right size bees on the right size comb in the right […]

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Nest Structure

Broodnest comb is more than a place to store food, raise brood and hang out. It has a structure that is essential for optimum colony function and survival. When a swarm moves into a cavity, the bees evaluate it’s shape and orientation. Then they build a nest that provides the best possible chance for reproduction […]

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Natural Comb

Do different bees, in different shaped cavities, at different locations, build different kinds of comb? To find out, natural comb images were obtained from 3 beekeepers scattered across the country. cells were measured broodnest structures observed measurements were compared Although the measurements varied somewhat, their distributions were remarkably similar. Comb length appeared to affect cell […]

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Colony Growth

Like any newly born creature, a swarm has to struggle to become a mature colony. It: must find a suitable home build an appropriate nest rear a large quantity of brood gather sufficient food reserves defend itself from pests It’s no small task for a few pounds of bees to accomplish all this in just […]

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