Upside Down Warre Hive

The top box of the Warre, it's very unusual that they didn't start building here first.

A frame from the top box of the Warre, it’s very unusual that they didn’t start building here first.

Not long ago we got our first Warre hive populated.  A couple of weeks ago when we went to remove an empty box we’d nadired to help them cope with a some over 40 degree Celsius days, we noticed that instead of building from the top box down, they were working backwards.

This is very unusual in a Warre hive and the only reason we can think of for them starting to build in the bottom box rather than the top one was the heat – they are smart and probably figured out that it would be easier to maintain the brood at the correct temperature in the lower box.

The only problem with the backwards building was the extra work it takes for them to move up into an empty box above the brood chamber to build comb, they much prefer to work downwards.  The solution?  Now that the weather has cooled down we have simply switched the boxes around and hopefully that will make their little lives easier, both in terms of building more comb and keeping the brood warm.

The bottom box where they did all the building and decided to put their brood nest.

The bottom box where they did all the building and decided to put their brood nest.