When visiting the apiary yesterday I noticed a beautiful white cobweb glistening in an apple tree about 10 metres from the hives. As I drew closer, I saw it had a cuttlefish-like structure.
On closer inspection it turned out to be a piece of pure white honeycomb – about 5 inches long by 4 inches wide that had obviously been drawn out by one of the swarms from the apiary earlier in the month. It was not the yellow comb you get in older hives. It had no pollen, honey and certainly no sign of the darkened cells you get from the queen laying eggs.
It was quite beautiful. Pure virgin white. I took it home and put it on pride of place on the mantlepiece! I wonder if it will go yellow over time?