Foundationless frames

I don’t use foundation in my frames as I prefer to let my bees build their own comb. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, the combs are essentially the bees’ internal organs, where they raise their young, store their food, rest, groom, and carry out their communications. Sheets of foundation (beeswax with cell-shaped indentations for the bees to build from) are completely … Continue reading Foundationless frames

Comb building

I was going through some of my files and discovered this: I think it brilliantly shows how the bees build their comb, and why I don’t use foundation. Worker bees exude little flakes of wax from glands in their abdomen, and mould them with their mandibles in to the familiar hexagonal cells. The bees need to cluster together to increase the temperature of the wax … Continue reading Comb building