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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by JUDELT, May 30, 2012.
Today was 90's this was at 7:00 pm. is this anything to worry about?
My husband suggested I explain a little more. This is the landing board and front of the hive, the two other hives weren't doing this. thanks
When it is too hot in the house you go set on the porch to cool off!
Nothing wrong here just a strong hive that is crowded and hot.
Bearding from the heat. Perfectly normal.
When I see my ladies doing that in the evenings, I can't help but imagine they have little glasses of lemonade and are swapping stories about what happened to them while out foraging that day.
Not only do the bees do this to cool themselves off, they do it to help maintain the proper temperature inside the hive. Sometimes the best way to regulate the temp in the hive is to shoo warm bodies out. That's why large theaters and opera houses turn the air conditioning on full blast before a performance, they have calculated in advance the rise in air temp caused by a hundred (or thousands) of 98 degree humans.
I think they also can buzz outside the hive, creating air currents through the boxes, to cool the hive and cure nectar.
Just wait until summer gets here and the hive gets strong, then you will worry.
I smile when I see this, as it tells me my hive is very strong. To me, it's beautiful.
Thank you everyone, that's what I thought. it's feel better now!
LOL! I can see it now...
"Whoa man poor Suzy didn't make it past that windshield but I did! You shoulda see that patch of Clover I told you to follow me...the flowers were HUGE! Yeah well I found a field of Buckwheat and the Queen likes the dark stuff better I'll be her favorite! Hey were all gonna follow you to that Buckwheat Tomorrow so we're all her favorites!"
"When it is too hot in the house you go set on the porch to cool off!"
"I smile when I see this, as it tells me my hive is very strong. To me, it's beautiful."
what you might not see is that inside the hive, many bees align themselves facing in one direction either up or down and fan thier wings, to draw air inside and up to the honey supers, and back down and outside bringing with it the humidity from green nectar being condensed into honey thats their air conditioner system.
many bees align themselves facing in one direction either up or down and fan thier wings, to draw air inside and up to the honey supers, and back down and outside bringing with it the humidity
a story evidently lost on some bee keeping authorities??? they (being my beekeeping mentors) use to do this cool trick with a smoking match and by moving the match along the width of the entrance demonstrate how the bee hive's ventilation system worked.
A interesting story about a lumber mill that caught on fire, and during the course of the fire, flames approach a colony of bees that were within 5 ft of a then flaming wharehouse. The side of the hive closest to the wharehouse cought on fire. A fireman seeing this tossed a bucket of water on the hive and hosed down the side of the wharehouse, knocking down the fire. The Bees were busily fanning, and more importantly were taking water from the puddles created by fire hoses, into the hive, again while some were fanning in others were fanning out. The side of the hive closest to the fire was charred, and fire checked, only the outside of the frame closest to the wall closest to the fire was melted down a bit, the rest was fine. Rather amazing for a insect ehh!
wow! such smart, cool bees!no pun intended, there.