Winter days spent upgrading our observation hive! This hive is inspired by the huge slabs of comb that we saw Apis dorsata (the largest honey bee) building while we traveled in India and Sri Lanka a few years ago. This hive is 6 feet wide, and a couple feet tall, and features beautiful cover artwork from the talented @jaymsmj. The first version of this hive had only enough space for 1 comb between the panes of glass, (and the colony was not able to easily maintain broodnest temperatures) and so only built up a little over the summer, and produced only a modest amount of comb. This time we have made ample space for 3 combs, and included an option for a feeder, which the other hive also lacked. I soldered and attached two strips of LED lights between the combs so that they can be made to glow. We are looking forward to spring when we will introduce our comb artists to their blank canvas!
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