Worker honeybees

Worker honeybees

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Caption: Worker honeybees, Apis mellifera filling the hexagonal chambers of a frame with honey made from nectar. The domesticated bee is given a frame with hexagonal foundations, several such frames forming a hive. The chambers are built up from wax secreted by the bee, filled with honey & capped again with wax (uncapped here). The keeper removes the frames in late summer to prevent the bees feeding on the honey over winter. He replaces it with syrup. Frames similar to these are used as breeding chambers where the queen lays her eggs. They are slotted into the bottom half of the hive & separated from the food storage frames by a divider.

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Keywords: animal, beehive, hexagonal, honey, honeybee, honeycomb, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, wax, wildlife, zoology

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