A colony of honey bees spotted by a photographer at Chatfield is creating a bit of buzz In Colorado in the Untied States of America.
Nesting on an open branch at the state park. Mario Padilla an Entomologist with the Butterfly Pavilion thinks it is unusual.
Padilla says these are honey bees, good for honey and pollination services. When not kept in boxes by keepers they can nest in hollowed logs and other places, but not typically out in the open.
He says the bees construct wax in sheets as seen in the photos, but we usually don’t get to see it because of where they choose to nest.
Padilla has seen these types of hives before, but mostly in places with mild winters. He says he’s not sure if the hive will be able to generate enough heat to survive the cold Colorado temperatures this winter.
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He calls them sheets, we would call them combs, hence ‘honeycomb’.