Beehives elaborate complex structures labout to construct
Honey bees’ hive
Beehives are one of the most elaborate and complex structures that require a lot of labour to construct. The sugar content of honey is converted by the glands of the worker bees into wax. The workers chew on this wax and later use it in the construction of the honeycomb. The bees construct the hive in the form of densely packed hexagonal cells made out of beeswax.
Moreover, as the bees collect resins from plants, it is mixed with saliva and wax secreted by workers bees from wax-producing glands found in their abdomens. They chew on these substances to form propolis, which is known as ‘bee glue5’. This is used to fill the gaps in their hive for strength.
These cells are used to store food in the form of pollen and honey, as well as for housing eggs, larvae and pupae. It is a very special structure with storage for honey in the upper part of the honeycomb, and with pollen storage cells, worker brood-cells and drone-brood cells beneath. The hexagonal structure of the beehive provides durability.