The Bees' Nest - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
by Amazing Bees
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Beekeeping Course
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The Bees' Nest

Session 2
The Bees' Nest

In the wild, as well as in man-made hives tended by a beekeeper, the bee colony lives in a nest made of wax combs, constructed by the worker bees.

  • A sheet of comb is made up of thousands adjoining, hexagonal-shaped cells.

  • Usually cells are built on both sides of a sheet of comb; i.e. double sided.

  • Scales of wax are produced from the abdominal wax glands of the worker bees and formed into shape with their jaws.

  • Several sheets of comb are built side by side. The space between combs is 6-10 mm, called the Bee Space.

  • The number of combs, size, form and shape is adjusted to the available cavity space.  

  • The comb cells provide protection for brood and serve as storage containers for honey and pollen.

  • Natural comb cell size: Worker cells 4.6 - 5.1 mm, Drone cells 6.4 - 6.6 mm in diameter.

  • Manufactured comb foundation cell size: Worker cells 5.4 - 5.5 mm (larger than the bees would build it). source

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