beehive structure

structure of a hive

While cleaning our greenhouse I found an abandoned beehive almost preserved in its entirety. This was a good chance to analyze the material composition and structure of a hive. Although delicate, the hive must have been able to house a small colony within its multiple chambers and levels. A layer of outer walls surrounded several distinct inner levels that were connected by a single strand of dried mud. The levels were composed of geometric combs formed as a highly regular pattern. This can be seen in the gallery of photos shown above.

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