Seasonal Bee Size

Seasonal Bee Size

The Idea My test yard consisted of both large cell and small cell colonies.Determining which hives were large or small cell was impossible by observing flying forager bee size. To understand what effect cell size and seasonal influences have on bee size, flying bees were measured from large and small cell hives through time. Measurements included: bee length wing length thorax width abdomen width The […]

Seasonal Dynamics

Seasonal Dynamics

The Idea 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 location using the right resources When bees are […]

Colony Growth

Colony Growth

The Idea 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 a few months. For the bees to succeed, […]

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