Vertical section of the nest along middle comb

honey bee nest

Vertical section of the honey bee nest along middle comb. The combs are attached to the top and side walls of a hollow tree. The attachment of the comb is at some places interrupted by peripheral galleries [1] allowing movement of bees from one side of the comb to another. Below the combs there is an empty space where debris can accumulate during times of unfavourable weather. (scale bar = 10 cm)

The average content of cells within the brood area of normal colonies was 14 % eggs, 21 % larvae, 51 % sealed brood, 9 % empty cells and 5 % of cells filled with pollen and honey [2].