The regular hexagonal structure of honeycomb may owe more to fluid dynamics than the careful engineering of the bees that build it. Observations indicate that honeycomb cells start out circular and become hexagonal as the bees continue building. Both experiments and models show that an array of circular cells can transform into hexagons due to surface tension driving flow at the junctions where the three cell walls meet. But for the wax to flow, it has to be warm—about 45 degrees Celsius compared to the hive’s ambient temperature of 25 degrees. The researchers suggest that the worker bees constructing the comb knead and heat the wax with their bodies until it’s able to flow and form the hexagons. (Photo credit: G. Mackintosh; via Nature and B. L. Karihaloo et al.)
Monsanto decides to buy Illinois’ leading bee research company. I wonder what “benefits” will come of this. Please read this and share with the world!
Just installed a new package recently. These bad boys are quick on that comb build. Tryin out new bar design and hive configuration. Hopefully this setup proves itself.
everything about soy and how bad it is for not just humans but bees as well
First Harvest of the year. Wycked.
A great thing about the top Bar system, no heavy lifting. I can’t stress that enough. Also routine maintenence such as supering the langstroth’s to give more room for the bees is non existent. The entire hive comes in one box, their are enough bars to prevent overcrowding. if you are a wild child like me though, you could fashion a thing I like to call “super-ing bars” where as the middle bars of the hive have knotches cut out of them to allow the bees to travel up into an additional top bar hive, thus more sweet sweet honey. Also, got me with a nice paper wasp hive. I gotta figure out what to do with it now.
This is serious. I hope everyone is aware of Monsanto. I know this is just a link, and their is actually no evidence that I have found, but anything that deals with Monsanto should be noted
This is a different type of hive design that Chris turned me on to. It would be awesome to build this type of hive because it is more natural for bees to have a vertical nest, but know this, It is not designed to get you honey. It is designed to provide a tree like home so the bees can prosper.
Notice the shape of it resembles a tree that flows up counterclockwise. I am going off topic of the dodecahedron and discuss something I learned that I think correlates with this hive design. An old man I met at a bee class was telling me about “dowsing” wood for making beehives. I think he was a little bit off, but he explained that you can figure out the flowing energy of wood by “dowsing it”. Now don’t stop reading but if you were to take four pieces of wood to make a box aka a beehive, you should be able to determine which side of the wood attaches to another side to create a counterclockwise flow of energy. He explained it is a counterclockwise flow because “natural energy” (energy emitted from humans, animals, plants and especially trees……) flows up towards the opposing clockwise down flow of an air current. It’s insane if you think about it. But he kind of has a point when discussing how bees always build up when they are situated in a tree. Theory being, if you have correct counterclockwise flow of a hive, your bees will build up emitting correct energy, aka strong healthy Feng shui bees. I don’t know how to properly dowse wood to get the energy correct, but maybe someone else has an idea or where to look.
Anyone building hives in the future should take note of this as it could be beneficial for the bees if their energy is balanced. Remember, we don’t know anything about bees when it comes to them feeling energy from the earth. This world we live in is wild, and no matter how much we understand it, can surprise us every day.
This aint no slapping boards together to make a hive though. This is an extremely complex design that requires geometrical thought. Check it out and tell us what you think. Maybe chicago could be seeing a dodecahedron hive soon enough.