Newbie question. I'm getting a package this spring for backyard beekeeping. Where I live is pretty dry (semi-arid), and the mid-day direct sun is pretty hot but night-time gets sweater-cool; we're in the foothills just over 5000 feet.
I've heard that sunlight is important, but in a drier climate is dappled shade OK? My thought is that the shadier spot is a lot less viewable from the street. How important is direct sunlight? Is it more for curing or for getting them up and active at the crack of dawn? I still can paint the hive whatever color I need to; our winters very rarely stay below 40 for more than a couple days so shouldn't be too stressful for them I'm guessing.
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in Lyons, CO