Re: Do Feral Bees Build Comb Warm Way or Cold Way?
Every cut out I have done has had the comb at the entrance aligned so the bees enter between combs (Long way). But only at the entrance. From that point regardless of where the entrance is the comb tends to be oriented north and south. I is never in any ways straight as you will find it in a hive. it curves. has branches at time. will take 90 degree turns even as the cavity dictates. In one pillar the comb actually curved until it stretched fully half way around the pillar. Starting in a North South line and curving to an East West orientation. This single large comb had several additional combs that branched from it to be attached at other supports as needed.
I woudl say in all bees want space to enter the hive. from there they want the comb running North and South as much as possible but this will be overridden by necessity to fill the cavity.
It is actually very hard to see these distinction while actually looking at a hive. It looks more like a senseless mess. It is also only my impression wile observing the mess. I woudl not make any stand as to it's accuracy.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)