About Us

Acorn Beekeeping Equipment was started to satisfy the needs of commercial, sideliner, and backyard beekeepers alike. Our one-piece frames, foundations, and drone combs are all produced in our California plant using state-of-the-art custom molds and shipped to satisfy beekeepers around the globe.

Acorn Beekeeping Equipment Factory

We use the finest beeswax available. All of our items are available unwaxed or with a standard, heavy, or extra heavy beeswax application.

Bee Hives and Beekeeping Frames

The hive is where the bees live. On their own, they will build hives in natural crevices in rocks and trees, creating honeycombs inside the nooks to live in.

bee hive

Humans have kept bees for thousands of years, providing the external hive structure for the bees and receiving honey in return. There is evidence that humans have been making hives for bees at least since 2400 BCE!

Modern constructed hives date from about the mid-1800s. They typically consist of a box with a number of internal frames, removable frames. The frames provide structure for the bees to build their honey combs upon while offering easy access to the beekeeper.

acorn bee frame

Every Bee Has a Job

Honey bees have a complex society in which every bee has a specific role to play. Working together, they keep each other alive and sustain the hive for generation after generation. Below you will find a description of each type of bee in the hive.

The Queen

The queen is the largest bee in the hive. She is capable of laying up to 2,000 eggs per day and will be the mother of all the bees in a hive. The queen controls the hive’s well-being and activity.

queen bee

Drone Bees

Drone bees are male bees. They do not gather nectar or pollen and cannot sting or even feed themselves. Their only role in the hive is to mate with the queen bee, and they die immediately afterwards.
drone bee compared

Worker Bees

Worker bees are female bees without the capacity to reproduce. Their best-known job is gathering pollen and nectar to bring back to the hive. Much of the world’s food supply depends on cross-pollination from worker bees visiting flower after flower in search of pollen and nectar.

Worker bees are the smallest of the three types of honey bees and represent 80-90% of a hive’s population. In addition to seeking out pollen and nectar, they also perform all the other necessary tasks of hive maintenance, including cleaning, honey-producing, foraging, and more.
worker bees

Contact Us

We’re busy bees developing and refining our products. Quality and customer satisfaction is our top goal. We’re always open to feedback! To reach out, use the Contact Us form. We’d love to hear from you.