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Competition Winners: March
You all did SO well answering our question,
‘why is a traffic cone not a good home for bees?’.
Here are the excellent answers from our competition winners
Evie (10) of Romsey said: I don’t think that a traffic cone is a good home for honeybees because it would be restricted in size, the bees wouldn’t really have enough space to store the winter honey. The comb would be shaped funny because of being a cone shape. The plastic material the cone is made of might make them colder in winter as it is not a very insulated material, i don’t think that it’s a very suitable material for a hive. The beekeeper wouldn’t be able to access them, to check that the bees are healthy, E.g. Disease or check they have a nice queen or have enough food. It might not really be in the best of locations either, traffic cones are usually in the road, it might get run over by a car or lorry… or even cause an accident!
James of Woking told us: Heat generated by the bees will rise out the top of the cone and in turn draw in cool air, so the bees will struggle to maintain temperature within the cone during colder weather. There is also no room for the colony to grow long-term. Additionally, the thin plastic wall of the cone offers no insulation. The open base of the cone also leaves the stores inside the cone very exposed to ants from the ground below, and the hole in the top of the cone means that rain can easily enter and cause any uncapped honey to ferment.