bees use these hexagonal cells for strength and maxium storage space.
Yeah, its seems utterly obvious to me. Its the best shape for the application as is the case with any process that is the result of millions of years of trial and error.
My bees don't make hexagon cells, or round ones. They make triangle ones.
Would this abnormality mean they are succumbing to varroa mites, or is it that I heated the water to one degree above boiling and tainted the sugar syrup?
I can't believe this is happening to my topbarlang hive where I had the frames narrowed down to 1 11/3456 of an inch.
My guess is this is the slow time if the year for beekeepers!
Brian, Regardless of the fact that queens will lay in cells previously occupied by honey and worker bees will fill cells w/ honey or pollen which were previously filled w/ eggs?
Image linked from http://www.honeybeesuite.com/mixed-brood-comb/
Rader, Center bottom of that photo is a bee pointing head down. in line with the end of his abdomen look two sells to the right. That is a cell that has 5 sides.
I pin this out because what I am seeing is a transition from brood comb to honey. And much of the comb in that area is distorted as a result.
I don't see hex cells. I see the appearance of hexagons as the result of many cylinders being joined together. and there is a thicker wax in the gap where any three cylinders meet.The gaps that woudl normally form between cylinders grouped like this woudl already be small. on a bees comb scale they are so small that by the time you have 3 points all meeting each other. the gap getting filled is almost unavoidable.
An example of how a cylinder or circle matches to a hex. look at the cap at the end of a bic ballpoint pen. the cheap plastic one. the body of the pen is a hex. the cap is obviously a circle. the match does not leave a whole lot of point sticking out at each corner of the hex. Now divide that by three because the material that fills the gap between cells is three of these point meeting. I am thinking that it will be pretty hard to see that the appearance of hex shape is nothing more than a minute thickening of the wax at each corner. but the bore of the cell is a cylinder.
Which came first the bee or the egg?
That is the question.
Call me old fashioned, but I am more comfortable with the simplicity of Gregory of Nazianzus 329-389ad
This-worketh virgin waxen comb,
Six sided pipes to form her home,
The which, inspired by duty
She weaves and dovetails, all in fine
Neat handiwork, that doth combine
Security with beauty
That doth do it for me...