View Full Version : What makes them do this?

07-23-2002, 06:15 PM
I have the opportunity to watch my hives at all times of the day. Today I looked at 8am and everything was normal, bees coming and going at a normal pace. I looked at 12 noon and again everything was normal looking. At 3pm it was a different story. There were bees flying everywhere. They were like a tornado around the hive and bees coming and going at an incredible pace. At 5pm I ck'd again and everything was back to normal with a small group of bees on the landing board fanning and some others coming and going.

07-23-2002, 08:05 PM
Orientation flight.

07-24-2002, 06:39 AM
We call it happy hour!


07-24-2002, 08:07 AM
Happy hour, hehe. That's pretty funny. I like to think of it as their first solo flight.

07-24-2002, 05:03 PM
So this is the new crop of field bees taking their first flight?

07-24-2002, 08:06 PM

07-24-2002, 09:32 PM
Howdy Eman -

To enlarge a bit -- when young bees go out for the first time, they must program their
location system so then can return to the right place after they go into the field.

This usually happens in the early afternoon and lasts only 10-15 minutes. In very hot summer, they often tke this flight by mid-morning.

Pete Rogers