Honey supers are used to collect the honey that is being produced by the members of the hive. This super is known as a "shallow" super which is only 5 11/16" high and has a manufactured beeswax honeycomb insert that enables the bees to begin drawing comb to store honey. A shallow super is like the pantry or food chamber, where bees store most of the honey and pollen for their use.
Honey supers are put on the hive after installing the bees and the colony is about 8 weeks old. For second-year beekeepers, honey supers can be placed on the hive when the first spring flowers start to bloom.