After determination was made by the city that due to sugar food sources nearby, the honeybees happened to also to fly in pedestrian spaces creating a undesirable situation for the immediate downtown businesses. The bees had colonized a beehive in the facade of the building because the mortar joint spaces were not caulk sealed. We were asked to remove the honeybees. Removal was scheduled to begin on the morning of June 27.
Up to 50% of the hive is food and water collection workforce (foragers) and those bees are not present in the hive during daylight hours. Foragers come and go with resources handing them off to younger hive worker bees who put the stores up in the honeycomb after collecting it from the foragers.
More than 50 % of the wax comb built by bees is used for the queen to lay her eggs for the next generation of bees. The queen can lay over 1000 eggs a day and knows the gender and role of every egg she lays. This queen was very active and more than 65% of the comb was filled with new bee larvae being fed by the nurse bees who are difficult to safely vacuum while their heads are down in the cells feeding their new sisters. More than 90% or a hive is female worker bees. While there was some drone cell on the outer edges of the comb, it was evident that this hive was less than 60 days old and the queen activity was centered on producing workers to gather resources for winter now that Summer Solstice has passed. Beehive do not allow any drones to be present during the winter and the queen stops production of drone in preparation for the winter shortly after Solstice.
The honeybee is the only known species of life that knows the gender and role of each of the eggs she lays. This is because the cell for sterile female workers, male drone bees and future queen bees must each be drawn to a different size an placed in a specific location in the wax comb. Because drones are larger and have a slightly longer gestation period and queens are even larger than drones the location of these cells and the size of these cells is different from the core nursery cells that are the same size as those used store store pollen and nectar (honey) and royal jelly for the queen for use by the bees during the winter months when no external sources of food are available.
Below are photos of the extraction evaluation and extraction process. Further descriptions are available in the photos.