That old saying, "Be all you can be," should be changed to "Bee all you can bee."

Have you ever seen festooning in a bee hive, when the bees link their legs together to perform tasks?

"They festoon when they're producing a lot of wax and drawing new comb," said Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty.

Sometimes bees will build comb in bee space, and when the beekeeper lifts out a frame and scraps away the excess comb with a hive tool, the bees may festoon.  

Such was the case yesterday at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Faciity at UC Davis.


If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, does that apply to bees?

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

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