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Honeycomb Collection

Honeycomb, a marvel of nature crafted by the diligent honey bees (Apis mellifera), is an intricate masterpiece that showcases their remarkable life cycle

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Honey bees, (Apis mellifera) honeycomb and life cycle, expanded cross-section and insets

Honey bees, (Apis mellifera) honeycomb and life cycle, expanded cross-section and insets

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Honey Bee - Queen & workers on comb

Honey Bee - Queen & workers on comb
JLM-9590 Honeybee - Queen & workers on comb John Mason Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Honey Bees - on comb & brood cells

Honey Bees - on comb & brood cells
JLM-8126 Honeybees and Brood Cells Apis mellifera John Mason Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Honey Bees - tending honeycomb - UK

Honey Bees - tending honeycomb - UK
SPH-288 Honeybee - workers tending honeycomb UK Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Queen Honey Bee Clipped wings, UK

Queen Honey Bee Clipped wings, UK
SPH-320 Queen Honeybee - Clipped wings, UK Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Honet Bee - tending honeycomb UK

Honet Bee - tending honeycomb UK
SPH-300 Honey Bee - tending honeycomb UK Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Beekeeping

Beekeeping (or apiculture, from Latin: apis bee ) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: France-Environment-Bees

France-Environment-Bees
Bees on a honeycomb in the Oblats Park in Nantes. / AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Honey Bee Worker tending honeycomb, UK

Honey Bee Worker tending honeycomb, UK
SPH-2203 Honeybee - Worker tending honeycomb UK. Apis mellifera Steve Hopkin Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Offering The Panal To The Bullfighter, 1873. Creator: Mary Cassatt

Offering The Panal To The Bullfighter, 1873. Creator: Mary Cassatt
Offering The Panal To The Bullfighter, 1873. Depicts a young woman flirtatiously offering a glass of water to a bullfighter, who dips panal (honeycomb) into it to make a refreshing drink

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: A female beekeeper at work

A female beekeeper at work
5307432 A female beekeeper at work.; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a female beekeeper at work. Top: Driving bees from one skep into another in order to clear the combs)

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: A beekeeper

A beekeeper
5307431 A beekeeper.; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a beekeeper. Top: a feeding bottle which would be filled with syrup to replenish stores after honey is extracted)

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: A pressing honeycomb to obtain the second grade of honey

A pressing honeycomb to obtain the second grade of honey
5311789 A pressing honeycomb to obtain the second grade of honey; (add.info.: Woodcut engraving depicting a pressing honeycomb to obtain the second grade of honey)

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung

Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon National Park, Tibet, China. October

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Diseases of the Skin - Plate 4

Diseases of the Skin - Plate 4. Crusted or Honeycomb Ringworm, Alopecia (hair-loss), Ringworm of the scalp, spotted rose rash, running scab - eczema and Nettle rash. Date: circa 1880s

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Odeon Haymarket NWC01_01_1898

Odeon Haymarket NWC01_01_1898
Odeon Cinema, Haymarket, St James, City of Westminster, Greater London. Looking over seating towards the screen in the dimly lit auditorium of the Odeon Cinema. The Odeon Cinema opened in 1962

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Bees and the Honeycomb

Bees and the Honeycomb
Andreas Magnusson

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Cupid Bringing and Honeycomb to Venus, 1541. Creator: Hans Brosamer

Cupid Bringing and Honeycomb to Venus, 1541. Creator: Hans Brosamer
Cupid Bringing and Honeycomb to Venus, 1541

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Still Life, 1849. Creator: Robert Seldon Duncanson

Still Life, 1849. Creator: Robert Seldon Duncanson
Still Life, 1849

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Silk Quilt - 'Honeycomb' Pattern, c. 1939. Creator: Elgin Moncure Styll

Silk Quilt - "Honeycomb" Pattern, c. 1939. Creator: Elgin Moncure Styll
Silk Quilt - "Honeycomb" Pattern, c. 1939

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Quilt (detail) - 'Honeycomb Pattern', c. 1937. Creator: Mrs. Goodwin

Quilt (detail) - "Honeycomb Pattern", c. 1937. Creator: Mrs. Goodwin
Quilt (detail) - "Honeycomb Pattern", c. 1937

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: The Capture of a Swarm of Bees in a Farmyard, 1578/1605. Creator: Joannes Stradanus

The Capture of a Swarm of Bees in a Farmyard, 1578/1605. Creator: Joannes Stradanus
The Capture of a Swarm of Bees in a Farmyard, 1578/1605

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: The Giants Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The Giants Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Giants Causeway - The Honeycomb - 40, 000 interlocking basalt columns on the coast at County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Picture No. 12019807

Picture No. 12019807
Devil Worm - in black sand - Night dive, TK1 dive site, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Date:

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Bees are seen on the honeycomb in a beehive in Gharghur

Bees are seen on the honeycomb in a beehive in Gharghur, Malta, May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Bees come in and out from a beehive at beekeeper Baranenkos bee-garden in the village of

Bees come in and out from a beehive at beekeeper Baranenkos bee-garden in the village of
Bees come in and out from a beehive at beekeeper Leonid Baranenkos bee-garden in the village of Mikhaylovka, Belarus June 24, 2017. Picture taken June 24, 2017

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Bees are seen on honeycombs inside a beehive in Gharghur

Bees are seen on honeycombs inside a beehive in Gharghur, Malta, May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: A queen bee is seen on a honeycomb at an apiary, in Casablanca

A queen bee is seen on a honeycomb at an apiary, in Casablanca, Chile October 4, 2019. Picture taken October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: A view shows bees on a honeycomb section at an apiary near Krasnoyarsk

A view shows bees on a honeycomb section at an apiary near Krasnoyarsk
A view shows bees on a honeycomb section at a private apiary of beekeeper Pyotr Goloburdo outside the remote Siberian village of Volny near Krasnoyarsk, Russia August 28, 2019

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, Ceremonial decorated Elephant outside the Hawa Mahal, Palace

India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, Ceremonial decorated Elephant outside the Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, built in 1799, (MR)

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: New York City, Manhattan, Hudson Yards, The Vessel

New York City, Manhattan, Hudson Yards, The Vessel
2030-307514-01

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: New York City, Manhattan, Hudson Yards, The Vessel structure

New York City, Manhattan, Hudson Yards, The Vessel structure

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Mermaid Honeycomb

Mermaid Honeycomb
Kristian Gallagher

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: A drop shoulder cardigan in honeycomb stitch, published with instructions on how to create

A drop shoulder cardigan in honeycomb stitch, published with instructions on how to create the garment at home. Date: 1954

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Goblet, Iran, possibly 4th-7th century (moulded glass)

Goblet, Iran, possibly 4th-7th century (moulded glass)
AMQ113726 Goblet, Iran, possibly 4th-7th century (moulded glass) by Iranian School; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Bees making honey, illustration from Helpers Without Hands by Gladys Davidson

Bees making honey, illustration from Helpers Without Hands by Gladys Davidson, published in 1919 (colour litho)
IL388017 Bees making honey, illustration from Helpers Without Hands by Gladys Davidson, published in 1919 (colour litho) by Noble, John Edwin (1876-1941); Private Collection

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Venus and Cupid, c. 1525 (oil on wood)

Venus and Cupid, c. 1525 (oil on wood)
3598532 Venus and Cupid, c.1525 (oil on wood) by Cranach, Lucas the Elder (1472-1553); 81.3x54.6 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: Cupid Complaining to Venus)

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Coverlet, c. 1936. Creator: Margaret Stottlemeyer

Coverlet, c. 1936. Creator: Margaret Stottlemeyer
Coverlet, c. 1936. (Note on image: " Honeycomb Linen, woven on our own loom in Frederick County, Maryland. 1850" )

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Butter Mold, 1940. Creator: Michael Riccitelli

Butter Mold, 1940. Creator: Michael Riccitelli
Butter Mold, 1940

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Three Honeycomb bracelets, 1950s (rubies, sapphires, diamonds & gold)

Three Honeycomb bracelets, 1950s (rubies, sapphires, diamonds & gold)
3326270 Three Honeycomb bracelets, 1950s (rubies, sapphires, diamonds & gold) by Boivin, Rene (1864-1917); each: 20 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Fruit Still-life with Roses and Honeycomb, 1904 (oil on canvas)

Fruit Still-life with Roses and Honeycomb, 1904 (oil on canvas)
984989 Fruit Still-life with Roses and Honeycomb, 1904 (oil on canvas) by Dunning, Robert Spear (1829-1905); 54.6x67.3 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; American, out of copyright

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Beekeepers, plate 83 from Venationes Ferarum, Avium

Beekeepers, plate 83 from Venationes Ferarum, Avium
STC161125 Beekeepers, plate 83 from Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium (Of Hunting: Wild Beasts, Birds, Fish) engraved by Jan Collaert (1566-1628)

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: The Room of the Two Sisters (Sala de las Dos Hermanas) 14th century (photo)

The Room of the Two Sisters (Sala de las Dos Hermanas) 14th century (photo)
XJL88995 The Room of the Two Sisters (Sala de las Dos Hermanas) 14th century (photo) by Islamic School, (14th century); Palace of the Alhambra, Granada

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: European field cricket, Gryllus campestris, and European honey bee, Apis mellifera, queen

European field cricket, Gryllus campestris, and European honey bee, Apis mellifera, queen, worker and drone, hive
6338817 European field cricket, Gryllus campestris, and European honey bee, Apis mellifera, queen, worker and drone, hive, honeycomb, swarm, etc by French School

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Detail of interior design motif in the Tower of the Princesses (Torre de los Infantes

Detail of interior design motif in the Tower of the Princesses (Torre de los Infantes
JFS249974 Detail of interior design motif in the Tower of the Princesses (Torre de los Infantes) (stone) by Islamic School, (14th century); Generalife Palace, Alhambra, Granada

Background imageHoneycomb Collection: Metamorphosis of honey bees, honeycomb, queens, drones

Metamorphosis of honey bees, honeycomb, queens, drones and chain of worker bees. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Friedrich Johann Bertuchs Bilderbuch fur Kinder (Picture Book for Children)



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Honeycomb, a marvel of nature crafted by the diligent honey bees (Apis mellifera), is an intricate masterpiece that showcases their remarkable life cycle. This hexagonal structure, with its expanded cross-section and insets, serves as the heart of a bee colony. In this bustling world of bees, we witness the captivating scenes on the comb. The queen bee reigns supreme, surrounded by her loyal workers who tirelessly tend to the honeycomb and brood cells. In some cases, we may come across a queen with clipped wings in the UK—a practice done to prevent swarming. Beekeepers play an essential role in nurturing these incredible creatures. They carefully observe and assist in maintaining healthy hives while ensuring optimal conditions for honey production. These dedicated individuals understand that protecting our precious pollinators is crucial for both our environment and agriculture. The beauty extends beyond its significance to bees alone. In 1954, a drop shoulder cardigan featuring a stunning honeycomb stitch was published with instructions for craft enthusiasts to recreate at home—an elegant fusion of fashion and nature's design. Even high up on Mount Namjagbarwa in Yarlung Valley lies another breathtaking sight—the Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) diligently working on their combs amidst awe-inspiring surroundings. As we delve into the enchanting world of honeycombs, it becomes evident how these tiny insects have mastered architectural perfection through millions of years' evolution. Their ability to construct such precise structures holds valuable lessons about efficiency and sustainability—lessons that resonate far beyond their buzzing realm. Let us cherish every glimpse into this mesmerizing universe where hardworking bees transform nectar into golden sweetness within each cell—a testament to nature's ingenuity encapsulated within every delicate hexagon: Honeycomb - truly one of life's sweetest wonders.