I'm stumped. How does an "intelligent" (all those millions of brain cells are surely doing something) human being describe with any accuracy at all the work of a honey bee? This is the most difficult blog I've written to date. I want you to see the perfection, the art, the wisdom, the accuracy, the beauty of this monument of honeybee handiwork. But there are no witty words or cleverly turned phrases that will stand and honor what I see. Words compared to their wax sculpture are awkward, clumsy and without elegance.
|The comb was fastened to the top-bar on this lower edge. |
A few partially filled chambers are waiting for more honey
before being sealed.
|The hexagon is totally efficient--no waste space and maximum strength.|
|You can see the precise placement of the cells on the |
backside of this comb perfectly aligned for strength.
|Each empty cell is reinforced with propolis at its rim to strengthen|
the overall structure and to act as a microbial for the contents of the cells.
|Cross section of the broken edge of the comb and |
the thinner-than-paper walls.