Display Tower with Removable Frames
Sarah from Bee Yourself – Brisbane Native Bee Business, was looking for an observation hive so she could show her customers the inner workings of a Stingless Bee colony. We threw a few ideas around in a brainstorming session trying to achieve something that was easy and practical to use by way of being able to remove, split and swap frames.
The tower has a door each side so it can be fully opened up and viewed from both sides so this allows plenty of light in for viewing.
This observation hive is based on using two standard frames internally. These frames can be removed, split and placed in to other display towers of the same design. Each frame has a volume of 3 litres.
Below: Two types of frames, the full frame and the splittable frame.
Below: The bee entrance is on the narrow side of the external frame half way along the side in the middle. There’s a narrow “bee space” or bee access area between the two internal frames.
Below: The hive could be mounted to a bracket on a post or wall. The front is the narrow side, and also has the bee entrance. The entrance hole can take a standard type tube fitting or be “fancied” up with a design or accessory. Painted white and sanded back for the “old look”.
Sarah will have this one on display to show customers and i’ll add some progress photos here when there’s bees in it.
**These will be available in March without Bees.
If you’d like one with or without Bees you can contact Sarah through her website, facebook or instagram. http://www.beeyourself.com.au
Website shop: https://www.nativebeehives.com/boxes-for-sale/
Below: The design meeting at the Bee Bar