The beehive appears in heraldry in its natural, rounded form, not the wooden box of the honey farm. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bee-hive In meaning it can treated in the same way as the bee symbolising “well governed industry”. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P70