Colony in flat roof of farmhouse

Below: site and nest entrance

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Below: entrance area exposed but combs out of reach

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Below: exploratory holes for top access to nest

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Below: view of nest from entrance end of cavity with the NE ends of the combs just visible through covering of bees.
Photo shows evidence of an older more extensive nest. Traffic between the nest and the entrance is mainly along the rafter on the left.
(Can you spot the wax moth?)

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Below left: exploratory hole reveals nest many feet from entrance next to entrance used in previous years
Below right: top of nest with roof removed

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Below: final length of cut to remove comb. Sample comb positioned to indicate full extent of nest under uncut roof

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Below: sample comb with honey (top left) and drone brood

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Below: residual bees before final vacuuming

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