The Beehive is a symbol of industry and co-operation. The bee is traditionally the symbol of hard work by many to a common end, and perhaps was so chosen because operative builders all laboured to a common end in erecting great castles and cathedrals.
Social obligation, as a part of the symbol, is also seen in the harmonious working together of many units to a single end, living in peace and harmony with their fellow creatures.
The Beehive appears on the collar of the undress regalia of District Deputy Grand Masters. It symbolises his untiring work and dedication to the Craft, with particular attention to the Lodges in his District.