bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, July 09, 2007

Busy as bees in a bell jar

It's day three in the bell jar and the bees are showing considerably more interest in their new home extension.

The decoration hasn't really begun -- this is more like the undercoat being applied. They walk around, chewing a bit here and there and generally casing the joint. They still have some comb building to complete in the super below, so no clusters of wax builders have yet appeared in the bell jar. (They will cluster to raise the temperature to enable the wax to be excreted and built.)

Incidentally, the jar is kept wrapped in an old t-shirt and there is a hole in the top of the jar to prevent the build-up of condensation.

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