Welcome to the world of Bee Terms. There’s loads of words and techniques you’ll hear about. Here’s just a few of them:
Brace Comb : Brace comb is comb formed where there is more space than the bee space. Bees like to fill spaces and any unfilled space will get filled with brace comb with enough bee space avialable to get round.
Brood Box : The brood box is the lowest box (level) in a hive. Generally full of frame and foundation this is where the queen bee lays all the eggs that develop into fully grown worker or drone bees, ie the brood.
Colony : The colony is the bee collection (queen, workers and drones) either in the wild or in a hive. A healthy colony at the height of a warm season can contain around 60,000 bees. When bees fly around in groups, this is known as a swarm.
Eusociality : Eusociality is the highest organisation level of animal sociality. Eusociality is defined as having cooperative brood care, overlapping generations within a colony of adults, and a division of labour into reproductive and non-reproductive groups.
Huber, François : François Huber (2/7/1750 – 22/12/1831) is the inventor of the Leaf Hive (1789). The precursor to the Langstroth movable frame hive, the Leaf Hive was a fully movable frame hive similar in construction to a book.
Maisemore Apiaries : A popular beekeeping shop in Britain. Visit Maisemore Apiaries.
Thornes : Probably the most well known beekeeping shop in Britain. Visit Thornes website.
Worker Bee : The worker bee is, as the name suggests, the bee that does most of the work. Female, around 12-15 mm in length, hatching weight around 100mg) and occupying the greatest percentage of bees in a colony, the worker bee is a non reproductive bee that performs most of the tasks in a bee hive.
– guard bee
– fanning bee
– mortuary bee
– wax production
– queen attendant
– Egg : upto Day 3
– Larva : upto Day 9
– Cell Capped : Day 9
– Pupa : Day 10 until emergence (Day 11 or Day 12)
This list is constantly being updated..