The bee has compound eyes. About 6,000 lenses, which means light streams into the bee and fully enters the body of the bee. The bee receives light in a full body experience.
“Living with bees is such an opportunity to study our mind and our heart. Once we start down that path, we’ll discover the language we use is such a problem, such a limitation.” - Michael Thiele
Virgin comb, early spring. Bees building naturally off of a top bar.
top bar sitting upside down on hive - new comb being built.
white, virgin comb in beginning stages of build out.
Natural comb is clean, mailable, hold scent and functions like tissue and the womb.
older comb from warre hive with spotty brood pattern on bottom and honey stores on top.
Virgin comb with some nectar stores (white/clear) and pollen stores (red and yellow).
cross comb/creative comb building after high heat caused new comb to fall.
Cross comb. Not a good sign. Impossible to get into hive.
queen cups being built to raise new queen
Nectar and Honey - the live blood of the hive.
Honey can be different colors depending on the flowers in bloom. Blackberry and chestnut honey is dark amber, while lavender honey is pale yellow-white.
Pollen. Pollen is food for the young, new bees. It is stored in the hive as bee bread: a mix of pollen, nectar, spit and bee enzymes. It is partially fermented and packed with protein.
Propolis -the redish brown substance bees uses to seal and protect the hive. It's in a thin layer all over the hive, but they use it to build up and protect certain areas where there is more air exposure. It is resin from trees and shrubs mixed with water and nectar. It is highly beneficial to bees and humans. Anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial.