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Added: 20th September 2012 Description:
It looks as though some bees started to build a honeycomb on my pear tree, and then thought better of it. It's quite hidden by foliage so could have been there some time before I noticed it. I would love to know whether this sort of thing happens often?
Confidence: It might be this. Notes: Wasps - common and german - start with central cells; they add the outer section later. I haven't seen a bees' nest out in the open like this, but there are so many species it could be bees - I doubt it though.
Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be. Notes: Honey bee swarms will occasionally construct an outdoor nest like this if they are unable to find a suitable nest site and the weather is warm. The white colour indicates fresh wax, this comb was probably abandoned once a nest site was found and the swarm moved on. A wasp nest would have a paper envelope covering the cells like a roof and the cells would face downwards.
No interactions present.
Other observations of Honey Bee ( Apis mellifera) Species with which
Honey Bee ( interacts Apis mellifera)