Friday, March 21, 2008

Nestbox Beehive


Honeybees will construct a hive in just about anything that has a cavity and a way of getting into it. Back in March of 2005 I photographed a bird nest box that had been mounted on a tree in a local bird sanctuary that had honeybees inside. I recently photographed this same nest box and as you can see the hive is considerably larger and has expanded to the outside. The front part of the comb was engulfed with a mass of bees.


They become dormant during the winter feeding on stored honey in what is called a “winter cluster”. Bees tightly pack themselves into these clusters and heat is produced from the center bees by shivering whereas the outer bees act to insulate and hold in the heat. Rotation occurs between the inner and outer bees to assure survival of all. I’ve read that temperatures in the 90 degree range can be produced within these clusters no matter how cold it gets outside.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Camera Trap Codger said...

Nice post. Many years ago I found an old oak filing cabinet in a shed. The drawers were slightly open and filled with beehives to overflowing. The owner of the old farm had a bat colony in his attic, and a dead wood rat floating in his spring (which supplied the house with water). He lived alone in the Santa Cruz mountains and the place was crawling with wildlife. His imitation of a mountain lion would raise the hair on your neck.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Texas Travelers said...

Interesting post. My Dad used to raise bees. I see you have the Moon phase module on your page. Do you like Astronomy? Troy

11:47 AM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

Troy,

Years ago I had a small telescope and spent many a night star gazing. Not so much anymore, but the night sky still amazes me.

Jace

8:14 AM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

Chris,

Bats in the attic....how cool. My mom once opened up a set of chest of drawers she was using outside on her patio and found a nest of young opossums.

Jace

8:18 AM  
Blogger zhakee said...

What an amazing looking bird/bee nest! It must be fascinating to watch the hive gradually engulf the wooden bird house.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

I tried getting closer but couldn't get up the nerve!

6:41 PM  

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