Bees are outstanding creatures, many talks about their unique nature, and how organized they truly can be. Some even believe that several military strategies used by humans today were drawn from observing bees. Working hard pretty much every time on nectar’s to produce what is arguably one of the sweetest liquids ever known, the honey. Not everyone would admit to disliking this bee juice, but you can be sure that the price to be paid, if caught by these creatures stealing honey is huge. Despite being able to produce their juice, they are also popular for their sting, one that can leave any skin disfigured for a while. Bees are known to live in special structures called ‘hives’ and it’s where they dwell mostly.
Considering how special this structure is, the manner of which it is made would be interesting, don’t you think? Well, it actually is. Basically, it’s interesting to know that the type of hive may depend on the type of bee making them. Hives made by Wild honey bees is different from that made by simple worker bees; this is in addition to their varying location. Bee hives are designed for several purposes that include; storing bee-honey that will be used for feeding when they cannot go out the source for newer ones. They are used to preserve the colony, and ensure continuity. Some hives are shaped like tubes with six sides, and contain a small amount of wax, to accommodate more honey. They may be located on tree-tops, or even on rocks, depending on the species constructing them.
The method which bees utilize is that; many bees assemble, and collect wax. They chew this wax for a while, until it changes it form, and becomes soft. Then they deposit them inside the honeycomb; depositing alone is usually not enough to form a good texture inside the honeycomb. So, these bees come together in large numbers, usually about 30 of them, inside the honeycomb; when they gather, the temperature inside increases, to become about 33 Degrees Celsius. This temperature is usually enough to smooth the wax inside, and give it a good texture. These tasks are primarily accomplished by the worker bees; which only live for fewer than 2 months. You can now imagine, why they are considered hardworking, spending virtually all their lifespan developing their colony to benefit future bees that will develop within the hive.
Even if you now understand that these worker bees are responsible for constructing a hive, and they primarily use wax, you’ll also need to understand where the wax is gotten from. The wax used by these bees in fulfilling their jobs is actually produced within them. Few days into their life-cycle, they develop and inherent ability to produce wax, this is possible because of a gland that will be developed within the bee. The collection of nectar by bees, is not a single procedure, they’d have to collect it and transfer it to another bee, leaving behind a form of sugar. This sugar is converted to wax; which comes out in small quantities through their mouth, and this leads to chewing to soften it. Softening allows it to be made into shapes, which are used in construction of the hive.
Hives are usually made to have smaller hexagonal structures within it, and they are used to storing larvae. The combs can remain intact, even after the liquid is removed, still there are people who use honeycomb for several other reasons. Generally, you can divide the entire hive-making procedure into two parts. One is to find a suitable location for it, different bees have their preference for a good location, some prefer trees, and others may prefer rocks. Usually, they’d prefer places with wooden structures or straws that will permit their work. Wild honey bees are known prefer hollow spaces, especially those laid out in rocky areas. After securing a good location, the next step is the building proper, and this is done by the workers.
Honey-bees remain arguably, the most organized creatures, especially among the flying creatures. They have different units, with set roles that are performed with utmost diligence and their habitat is worked by the workers in their ranks, for virtually all their lifespan.