Historical Comb Cell Size

Historical Comb Cell Size

New research indicates that the basic premises for small cell beekeeping are in error. Brood foundation hasn’t been enlarged. And historical cell size measurements methods haven’t confused this issue. This confirms what I’ve written about  A.I. Roots observations. -dM

Bees and Hexagons

Bees and Hexagons

Radiolab does it again.   Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you’ve been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud … ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon? My kind of bee math. Check it out.

High Speed Summary of Life Inside the Beehive

High Speed Summary of Life Inside the Beehive

Another great YouTube video. Thanks AndersHQ. -dM

Failed Comb

Failed Comb

The Idea Properly managed top bar hive comb seldom fails. But comb can fail when: handled improperly a top bar hive is moved too soon after being worked a top bar hive is worked and it’s too hot Mishandling induces stress on a single comb. It’s failure doesn’t endanger the colony. As the colony can easily replace the failed comb which can be salvaged. It’s […]

Comb

Comb

The Idea Top bar hive comb must be managed to keep a hive workable. The goal is to allow the bees as much comb building freedom as possible while maintaining non-destructive access for the beekeeper. To manage top bar hive comb, a beekeeper must know how to: cut comb make comb corrections get straight workable comb space comb adjust comb thickness rotate comb The Details […]

Cell Entombment

Cell Entombment

Here’s something that may catch your eye taken from this article in the Guardian: “But the bees’ last ditch efforts to save themselves appear to be unsuccessful – the entombing behaviour is found in many hives that subsequently die off, according to Pettis. “The presence of entombing is the biggest single predictor of colony loss. It’s a defence mechanism that has failed.” These colonies were […]

A.I. Root’s Cell Size

A.I. Root’s Cell Size

The Idea A.I. Root was a pioneer commercial foundation manufacturer. He: measured natural worker cell size tested various cell sized foundation for bee acceptance produced foundation for over 100 years and his company monitored natural comb and bee size during that time A.I. Root says much about cell size. These measurements are interesting! They show that neither bees nor foundation are artificially enlarged. He: discussed […]

Nest Structure

Nest Structure

The Idea 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 and survival. The resulting broodnest structure compliments changing […]

Natural Comb

Natural Comb

The Idea 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 size. And all the colonies constructed a similar […]

Working

Working

The Idea To work a top bar hive, a beekeeper must know: about old habits what to take how open a top bar hive how to cut comb attachments how to safely remove top bars how to handle top bar comb how to insert top bars when not to open a top bar hive The Details Old Habits I learned to work bees by working […]

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