The Artistic Side Of Nature. This Bee Colony Has Built A Heart-shaped Beehive

The bees, the bees, and all pollinators are often featured in magazines and online newspapers for reasons that are generally not very positive: the number – or as they say their biomass – is in steady decline, with serious consequences for plant species and the human livelihood that depends on them. Many initiatives are being put in place to stem the phenomenon, starting with the increasingly strict (but still insufficient) laws on the use of pesticides, the real enemies of these industrious animals.

In this article, however, we want to break through the series of negative news about it and show you something that will certainly make you love bees even more: a beehive with a rare and unique shape.

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image credit: pxfuel.com

It is customary to imagine the beehive as a series of cells arranged in a linear fashion because beekeepers offer these insects supports on which to build their specially designed nest to allow the collection of honey. But in nature, these insects take a completely different approach to engineering: when they build beehives, perhaps in an empty tree cavity, they follow different logics, creating unique and fascinating shapes. As in the case of the bees at  Bodiam Castle in Robertsbridge, UK, who created a beautiful shape reminiscent of a heart.

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image credit: National Trust

The photo, shared by The National Trust , was obviously appreciated and shared by internet users around the world. Not only do these insects provide a pollination service through which we can enjoy juicy fruits and nutritious vegetables, but they also manage to amaze us with an unsuspected artistic side. So many good reasons to love and protect them with growing determination.

source of used: The National Trust/Facebook

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