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Ok, lets see if I can descibe this.

I went to watch the hives and as I was pulling up to them on my mower I saw this huge cloud in front of our strongest hive. It was about an hour before dark and the other 4 hives were calm. This cloud was flying all around the entrance and even high in the air. Probably as high as 10 or 12 feet. Thousands of bees. So I just
sat to observe and in a matter of about 5 minutes they all went back in the hive. They didn't appear to be upset, never buzzed me and I was setting pretty close. The buzzing was pretty loud.

It almost looked like the just wanted to get out of the hive and play around for a few minutes. It was wild.
I know there was a purpose and I know someone on here can tell me what I saw.

It was cool. The coolest part was watching how fast they went back in. Like their mother called them in
 

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Like G3 says--they're learning the topography, preparing to work hard for you and find their way back to your hive (loaded with nectar and pollen) and no one else's. :grin:
 

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I ran my mower past my hives real quick today to mow the grass in front of them. It did not make them happy...none of them! A huge amount of bees exited all of my hives and then went back in. This happened twice because I had a few swipes to make. I always wear my bee duds when I mow or weed eat by them. A few bees circled my head for a long while....
 
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