That’s because the honeycombs that give beehives their distinctive look are made of wax, and are extremely fragile. In most cases, they are destroyed long before the beehive can be preserved as a fossil.
Even so, according to Dr. Judi Kusnick’s lecture notes for her Geology 105: Paleontology class at Sacramento State, paleontologists have found fossilized bee hives. Sadly, aside from a specimen preserved in amber that might be a beehive or might just be a wasp nest but which can’t be viewed without the proper online credentials, I wasn’t able to find any images of fossilized beehives online. At least, none that I trusted the source to have identified correctly.
Anyone out there have better luck?
- Could pterosaurs really fly? (guardian.co.uk)