Weird bee behaviour?

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  1. rw02kr43

    rw02kr43 New Member

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    Last night I had the lid off so I could look at the feeder. There were big clumps of bees and lots of bees walking around. But there was this one bee that would climb up on other bees then wiggle real fast and forceful. Was this a private time I shouldn't have looked in on? Or was he a mean bee?
    I found this video that looks like it. What does it mean?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf89PR_R8so

    Jason
     
  2. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    I don't know...but the bee in the video looks like it is blessing the others like they are about to enter battle..
     

  3. rw02kr43

    rw02kr43 New Member

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    that's kind of what I thought too. it would go around and then "okay you are free to go" Then to the next bee.
     
  4. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    jason,
    this is normal beehavior, and a form of communication, most likely a 'waggle', 'wagtail, or 'round' dance. she is telling her sisters where a source of nectar or water is :grin:

    jason said:
    "Or was he a mean bee?".....jason, HE is a SHE:grin:
     
  5. rw02kr43

    rw02kr43 New Member

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    Well yeah. But with the makeup and lighting, sometimes it's hard to tell.
     
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    My bees are behaving strangely, too. At least I think they are. I've only been keeping bees for a couple of months, so I don't know what's really normal, yet. There are a dozen or more bees walking around the entrance of the hive. Just walking forward and backward. Literally--like three steps forward, then three steps in reverse. It's hotter than Hell's hinges right now, so I thought maybe the weather is making them do this. Anyway, I shot a brief video of the behavior on my phone. Can I post a video here, or do I need to put it somewhere else then link to it? It's only about 10 seconds long.
     
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    My bees do the same thing. Nothing to worry about.
     
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    stewart-malloy, Welcome to the forum. You are witnessing what is called washboarding. No one has ever figured out exactly why they do it, but about all hives do it at one time or other. It is thought to be some kind of cleaning.
     
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    Yes! That's exactly what my bees are doing -- although mine are doing it on the horizontal surface at the base of the hive. Thanks for the explanation, everyone, and the YouTube clips. I'm realizing how much I don't know!