How a Top Bar Hive Works

These are photographs of a colonised hive, showing how the horizontal top bar system works.

The bees build comb down from the underside of the bar, following the shape of the inside of the hive.

The separate combs, 2 cells thick (one back, one front), hang down from the bars and comb is built from a new bar as needed.

There are some excellent clips on YouTube showing how top bar hives work.  Here are just a few:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9B_kWb6ovI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kSXsHlM0oo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsxxKnJu6_4

 

 

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