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Honeycombs Don’t Start as Hexagons, the Heat Formed in the Hive Softens the Wax and Creates the Shape

A honeycomb is a mass of hexagonal prismatic wax cells constructed by honey bees in their nests to house their larvae and honey and pollen stores. But did you know how the honeycombs turn into hexagons? The holes in honeycombs do not begin as hexagons. Bees build circular tubes that are staggered. The heat produced …

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Bees dance to each other in the hive to tell each other where to find good pollen. The angle of the dance is the angle relative to the sun, the tempo of dance is the distance, the duration of dance is the quality of the pollen, and the dancer hands out free samples to whoever’s watching!

Food sources of lower quality will produce fewer, shorter, and less vigorous dances; recruiting fewer new foragers. The round dance is used for food sources 25-100 meters away from the hive or closer. Bees elicited into foraging after a round dance fly out of the hive in all directions searching for the food source they …

Bees dance to each other in the hive to tell each other where to find good pollen. The angle of the dance is the angle relative to the sun, the tempo of dance is the distance, the duration of dance is the quality of the pollen, and the dancer hands out free samples to whoever’s watching! Read More »