Honey bees ripen nectar during the spring honey flow.
Urbana, Illinois, USA
A beautiful frame of ripe, capped honey ready for harvest.
A bee drinks nectar from an uncapped cell.
Worker bees ripen nectar in freshly-built honeycomb.
Aethina tumida small hive beetle.
Small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) typically hide in unoccupied sections of the hive.
A queen bee is recognized by her elongate abdomen.
Nectar ripens in open wax cells in a honey bee nest.