Bees are simply amazing. These diligent insects are critical for pollination, biodiversity, and crop production, so they are vital to a healthy environment and a healthy economy.
One of the fascinating sights in nature is the structure these marvelous creatures construct to create the basis of their home – honeycomb. They do not make the comb patterns by accident, and they are a perfect example of order, structure, and utility.
This photo reveals nature at its finest, a true work of art, an intricate honeycomb in all its splendor.
It is the product of the hard-working bees at Bodiam Castle in Robertsbridge, United Kingdom, that have been busy making delicious honey sold in their shops.
This castle is among the most famous castles in Britain, built in 1385 as both, a defense and a comfortable home.
Bodiam Castle NT posted the photo and wrote:
“We love our clever bees!”
And we do too!
The delicate heart-shaped honeycomb was constructed by bees when left in a frameless box.
Yet, its shapes are not random, but they are ideally designed to regulate airflow inside the colony and thus maintain an ideal temperature.
Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring explains:
“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.”
Bees make the needed adjustments in case the temperature is excessively low or high.
“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.”