Established in 2013, this live camera is situated at the entrance of a bee hive, nestled inside a large hollow log in the town of Buchloe, Germany. Watch as Carniolan honey bees enter and leave the hive during their busy day.
Have you ever wonder what happens inside a beehive? This infrared live cam shows the complex inner workings of this Carniolan bee colony living inside a large hollow log in the town of Buchloe, Germany. Watch as the bees build their home inside a large hollow log, produce honey, protect the queen, and raise a new generation of workers and drones.
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Honey Bee Hive General Information
This live honeybee cam is inside a Carniolan honeybee hive situated in a large hollow log in the town of Buchloe, Germany.
How can we see inside the hive?
This special live cam gives an infrared view of the hive, showing the complex inner workings of this colony as they build combs, produce honey, protect the queen, and raise a new generation of workers and drones?
How many bees are in a hive?
Beehives are communal colonies; a single one can house up to 80,000 bees! In every hive, there is a social hierarchy that keeps the hive running smoothly:
- Queen bees are at the top of the hierarchy and the largest. Queen bees are always female, and there is typically only one queen per hive. The queen bee’s role is primarily to lay eggs to create the next generation of bees. Queen bees also control the social and work schedule of the hive by emitting certain chemicals.
- Worker bees are the next highest sect. They are also females, but smaller than queens. Their role is to forage for pollen and nectar to bring back to the hive and store for the future. They are also responsible for building, maintaining and protecting the hive. They also keep help circulate air in the hive by beating their wings.
- Drones are the third and last group; they are males and the smallest of the three classes. Drones are typically only present in the spring and summer months, when they mate with the queen to help produce the next generation of bees. In the winter, drones are usually expelled from the hive, which must conserve energy to survive.
- Only the female honey bees, either queens or workers, have stingers.
- The only bees that most people will ever see are worker bees.
How do bees make honey?
Bees make honey by bringing nectar they collect back to the beehive. There, the nectar is passed between bees and eventually stored in a honeycomb cell where bees will get the excess moisture out and create the “honey” we know and love by fanning their wings.
How much honey can a single bee produce?
Bees can live up to five years. Over the course of their whole lives, one single bee will produce less than a teaspoon of honey.
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