The Upstairs/Downstairs (UD) Hive System

The UD is a hive that improves colony management while at the same time "Giving Back to the Honey Bee a more Natural Home". 

The Upstairs/Downstairs (UD) Hive System

The UD is a hive that improves colony management while at the same time "Giving Back to the Honey Bee a more Natural Home". 

Restoring to the honey bee a hive entrance it can defend

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The most unique adaptation to honey bee hive technology since the invention of the movable frame by Lorenzo Langstroth in 1852. 


 A culture of innovation (in beekeepeeping) is based on five critical elements:

  • Understanding bees through observation;
  • Recognizing patterns and preferences of bee colonies;
  • Optimizing Resources by hive modification;
  • Taking Action;
  • Challenging the Status Quo.



New bee hive entrance. Innovation in Apiculture; not only helps protect colonies, lets bees be bees

The story so far

I have spent over 45 years observing, handling, and managing honey bees in many parts of the world. This has provided me with an incredible insight into the diverse and fascinating aspects of Apiculture as well as allowing me to investigate the intricacies of different hive configurations. 


There are many aspects of beekeeping that can improve apicultural practices, including how bees use the nest structure and the all important entrance.


I never thought for one moment I would ever invent anything let alone win a prize at the British National Honey Show, yet the recognition highlighted the importance with which the entrance is viewed.


The hive entrance system fundamentally changes how we think about the hive, what happens in nest of the honey bee and modifies something that has basically stayed the same for 170 years. 


Read much more about the kit here and watch the new video of the installation here


Filipe Salbany 

Oct. 2019

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