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honey bees - Apis mellifera - Apis mellifera

honey bees - Apis mellifera - Apis mellifera
Rome, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 17, 2008
Found in the wild hanging on sycamore -- side view

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honey bees - Apis mellifera - Apis mellifera honey bees - Apis mellifera - Apis mellifera

Any updates on this nest????
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hive
Hi Vespula, the nest is still there, but the bees left about 3-4 weeks ago. It hangs about 12 feet in the air so I can only look at it with binoculars or photos. A note about this: The property owner was logging in the area and bumped it with his tractor, they did go after him and stung him!

 
So all the bees are gone
Hmmm... I guess they did not feel secure enough out in the open like that

That guy is lucky it was not a larger nest!

Too bad it is so high up. Thanks for posting photos of it though!

Never seen a honeycomb anywhe
Never seen a honeycomb anywhere, what a cool photo!

VERY nice find!
I am jealous lol.

I would love to have that for my collection

Guys, how does an exposed nest like this survive? I've heard that the white wax is actually new wax and is very fragile so how would this even survive a rain storm?

 
Thanks for the comments guys!
I thought it was really cool too and something not seen too often, a first for me also. With the first freeze coming soon, I don't know what will happen, they are in a valley in deep woods. Will check again soon.
Regards, Linda

This is really cool!
This is really cool!

Hard for
me to see the bees but I think you may be right on your ID. Cool shots though. I personally have never seen the honeycombs in the wild.

 
Yes.
I've never seen 'exposed' honeycombs like this before in person, but that is indeed what they are: Apis mellifera.

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