An Australian scientist has devised a bee-shaped nest that’s about the size of a large car and that would provide honey for thousands of beekeepers.
The hives would be built in a giant wooden structure called a “bee nest” and are powered by a generator.
The bees would nest in rows, with rows of bees that would make their way to the top of the structure, where they would lay their eggs, according to a study by the University of Sydney.
The researchers have been working on a hive that could be used for pollination in the hopes that it would allow for more efficient use of energy for both beekeeping and agricultural production.
“In a sense, the bee’s a bee,” said University of NSW professor of entomology and ecologist of life sciences John Young, in a press release.
“The bee is the same thing in terms of a hive.”
Bee nests have been built before in the United States, Europe and Asia, and the structure was also designed to be built out of wood and concrete, the researchers said.
The bees’ eggs would be laid in layers and then placed in an egg case that would be attached to a base.
The nest would be able to stand up to 2,000 feet (900 meters) high and 10,000 square feet (3,200 square meters) in area, the study said.
According to the University, this is the first bee-shape-based design.
The team used a computer model to simulate how the bees would build their hive and then built a mock-up of the hives, using materials that were designed to replicate the bee structure.
The team also simulated how the hounds would work and what would happen when the hound was removed.
When the team built the mock-ups of the bee structures, they saw that they were almost identical.
However, the structure did not have the same spacing as the real hives.
The researchers said the real structures were about 15 inches (46 centimeters) taller than the bee hives and had a diameter of about 4 inches (10 centimeters).
This structure would be used as the base for the bee nest.
A worker bee would then be placed inside the nest, and then the worker bee’s legs would pull the bee to the bee.
The honey was to be kept in the bee hive for as long as possible, the team said.
It was also hoped that the honey could be transported to other bee hive colonies to pollinate.
The research was published in the Journal of Insect Physiology and Ecology.