Ok, so, this is probably going to be considered a ridiculous question (only because there 'are no' stupid questions.)
but anyway, has anyone noticed, or done a study on whether bees will try to align their comb in line with magnetic north/south.
the reason I'm asking is the hives I'm not as fond of (not quite as gentle) have their entrances facing due south (by the compass)- and they build almost perfect comb.
My favorites for their exceptional gentleness face slightly south-south east and their comb is a little "funny" even with full foundation, they build the comb a little fatter toward the east on the north end of the hive, and a little fatter to the west on the south end - as if they were trying to align the comb with the compass.
I'll probably change the direction of the entrance to due south, to see if the frame alignment in keeping with the compass fixes the weird comb, but I was wondering if anyone else has ever made notes of it.