Sunday, November 07, 2010

Bees Under Glass

My cousin Sarah just sent me this link.

See what happens when a beekeeper decides to place a glass bell jar on the top of a hive. It's so rare that we get to peek into the inner workings of an active colony to watch the comb-building  process. What a fascinating experiment. 

Observation hives are notoriously difficult to keep. At one point in my parent's beekeeping career, my dad had a small pipe leading from the garden, through the house and into to a glass hive in our dining room. I'll have to ask him about the success of that project. 

See all the photos here. photo credit goes to the same website.