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

Bee coverage in MAKE

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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

    • Gareth Branwyn

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

    • capt.tagon

      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…

      • papahonk

        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 :>(

  • Laurence Gonsalves

    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: