Freed from the confines of a beekeeper's square frame and artificial wax foundation, bees naturally build combs in U-shaped panels.
Honey bees ripen nectar during the spring honey flow.
Urbana, Illinois, USA
A beautiful frame of ripe, capped honey ready for harvest.
Nectar ripens into honey in open, uncapped cells.
Hive bees ripening nectar.
A bee drinks nectar from an uncapped cell.
When honey is ripe, bees cap the cells with fresh wax.
Nectar ripens in open wax cells in a honey bee nest.
Drones (left) are bulkier than their sister workers.