The most hard-working creatures on our planet are for sure the bees. They are pollinating a third of our crops so that we can enjoy various produce. Bees are of great importance for the environment and as well as for the animal world that feeds on these crops.
They live in hives but the structure that they built to create the basis of their home – honeycomb is one of the most fascinating sights in nature. Every comb pattern is not done by chance, but they are aligned in an ideal pattern of order, structure, and utility.
On the presented picture there is the most splendid artwork of honeycomb. The artists were the hard-working bees at Bodiam Castle in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom. This castle was built in 1385 as both, a defense and a comfortable home, and nowadays the bees in this castle are making the most delicious honey that is being sold in their shops. The Bodiam Castle is one of the most popular castles in Britain that has posted this extraordinary picture with the caption: “We love our clever bees!”
The honeycomb can be created in various shapes but the main purpose is to ideally allow airflow inside the colony thereby maintaining an optimal temperature.
The bees from this castle have produced an intricate heart-shaped honeycomb.
Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring offers the following explanation:
“Brood nest temperature is of extreme importance to the colony and is controlled with utmost precision. Honey bees maintain the temperature of the brood nest between 32°C and optimally 35°C so that the brood develops normally.”
Since the temperature is of great importance for the brooding of the nest the bees make the needed adjustments in case the temperature is excessively low or high, amazing, isn’t it?
“When the temperature in the nest is too high the bees ventilate by fanning the hot air out of the nest or use evaporative cooling mechanisms. When the temperature is too low bees generate metabolic heat by contracting and relaxing their flight muscles.”