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A bell jar was placed on top of a mini hive and bees from the nucleus started to create foundation of a hive in the jar. Once the foundation is laid, the bees work in masses to form the rest of the hive.

Bees Makes Hive In A Jar

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. says:

    Did the bees create the vertical seed strips on their own or were those planted there?

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      It doesn’t say, but I’d imagine they were seeded by the beekeeper.

    2. capt.tagon says:

      Pulled the first picture up in Photoshop and blew it up enough to see. It’s standard manufactured foundation wax cut in strips and melted to the bell jar…

      1. papahonk says:

        if the bees would of started it they would of had a bigger base like what you see in the second photo looks like the moved some of what was sticking out to widen the base in the second photo…. I miss having bees :>(

  2. Laurence Gonsalves says:

    It’s too bad that fizzenergy site doesn’t cite their sources. I remember seeing this on the Propolis blog a couple of years ago. Sure enough, they’re the exact same photos.

    The original source, which has a lot more info, is here:

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