Small Cell bees

The size of the hexagon shape on honeycomb foundation was artificially enlarged by the beekeeping industry in the early 1900s.  This change resulted in a bigger bees that could collect and carry more nectar for each foraging flight.  That change worked out well until the mid-1980s when varroa mites were accidentally introduced into the United States.  The bigger bees made a better host for the varroa mite, so the artificially enlarged honeybees were susceptible to this new pest.  We raise our bees on small cell foundation because smaller bees do a much better job at contending with varroa mites.

box construction          no chemicals

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