Bees piping up a swarm!

Discussion in 'Beekeeping Biology' started by Omie, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Omie

    Omie New Member

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  2. Mama Beek

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    interesting! I didn't realize how much the bees "chatted" until fairly recently. I suspect that they do even more talking among themselves than any of us would think.
     

  3. tecumseh

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    them girls do love to chatter???
     
  4. barry42001

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    who says that there is such a great difference between insects and humans lol
     
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    that is a good read.
     
  6. barry42001

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    There is a belief that bees start preparing for the swarming event well before the old queen departs, like monthes before--substaincial quanities of workers remain in the hive loafing inside, filled with honey--being inactive the consumption rate would be quite low, coupled with the steadyily increasing worker population, over crowding would stimulate the actual queen cell rearing. as the first queen cells capped over the old queen departs--with all the loafers in the colony with represents about 40% - 60% of the adult population. The concept makes sense. But also means that the bees were making descions well in advance of the " swarming impulse "
    Perhaps not so much a impulse as thought?
    Barry