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In the past Japanese farmers would create honey bee hives out of cut tree sections, hollowed out and outfitted with correctly sized entrances. An covered opening at the top would provide access to the honey.
The bees which might use this hive are indigenous Japanese honey bees (Apis cerana japonica) called nihonmitsubachi in Japanese. Though there are many species of bee there are only a handful of varieties of honey bee. Originating in south-east Asia honey bees are now found across much of the globe and are utilized for honey by a diverse number of indigenous people. Honey bees are communal insects who’s colonies usually consist of a single queen, male drones and a large population of female workers. Workers bees scout, locate and return to the hive with both nectar and pollen for use as food stuff for larvae as well as in the production of another type of bee food, honey. Hives are often perennial being ruled by a succession of queens who look after a varying population depending upon climate and season. Honey bee stop flying when winter cold sets in and form a cluster at the center of the hive around their queen. The bees vibrate their bodies in order to produce body heat which can keep the center of the cluster at an average comfortable temperature of 27 degrees C (81 degrees F). The bees at the outer edge rotate into the hive in order to ensure that no bee is left on the cold outer edge for too long. Honey bees play a critical role in modern agriculture as they are often the key pollinators of staple food crops.
The video below shows a Japanese honey bee swarm:
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