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    Exclamation Bees all over the ground

    I have a hive in my backyard that has been doing very well. This morning there are bees all over the ground in front of the hive. Tons of them. I took some video and pictures. Any thoughts or ideas?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56RxTSGy0rE

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    not sure about what the bees are doing, but do you know what that geranium type leaf weed is? we have it... it smells really bad when you cut it

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    are they drones?

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by garlicbee View Post
    are they drones?
    Nope

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by garlicbee View Post
    not sure about what the bees are doing, but do you know what that geranium type leaf weed is? we have it... it smells really bad when you cut it
    We call it Creeping Charlie. It has purple flowers in the spring that the bumble bees love. I like the smell of it

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    I don't see the tons of bees. I see too few to worry about.

    Maybe they were picking up early morning dew off the leaves?

    Wayne

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    My first thought was maybe it was "throw a drone out day"; then I thought they may be drinking. Is there dew?

    I think the weed is "creeping Charlie" or "ground ivy".

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiFDJnXDfGE

    I know it is hard to see with the video on my point and shoot. But there are bees everywhere for about 10 or 12 feet out from the hive. My guess would be a couple hundred maybe. The yellow jackets are all over taking advantage of the situation. The entrance to the hive seems different also. I reduced the entrance with some grass because the yellow jackets are sniffing around and there just aren't as many bees hanging out at the entrance as there normally is.

    I am going to post some pics too. Some of the bees are very dark and look like they have been on the ground for a while.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt B View Post
    My first thought was maybe it was "throw a drone out day"; then I thought they may be drinking. Is there dew?

    I think the weed is "creeping Charlie" or "ground ivy".

    Walt
    There was dew but it is mostly gone now. It looks like they are trying to take flight by climbing up the grass blades but they just keep falling back to the ground.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Crawlers-I seen that when I had high nosema spore counts in my hives. I think tracheal mites may cause that to but I'm not sure.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjPyMVel7Uw

    I guess that last link was no good.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    http://picasaweb.google.com/Birdiewi...eat=directlink

    Some of the bees on the ground look really strange... turning black.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Did you by chance break some comb in the hive or something that caused honey to run down on the bees. Did it rain and the bees got wet while returning to the hive.
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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Beeslave View Post
    Did you by chance break some comb in the hive or something that caused honey to run down on the bees. Did it rain and the bees got wet while returning to the hive.

    Not since yesterday morning... yesterday afternoon there weren't bees on the ground.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    I do believe if remember right it is treachel mites. It causes the bees to not be able to get the oxygen and then not have enough energy to fly. Let me see if I can find the bible and look it up, but I remember reading it and I do believe that it is treachel.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    You have tracheal mites. Symptoms.
    1. You see many weak bees stumbling around on the ground in front of the hive.
    2. YOu spot some bees climbing up a stalk of grass to fly, but instread they just fall to the ground.
    3. You notice bees with K-wings (wings extended to odd angles-not folded in the normal position.)
    4. Bees abandon the hive (abscond) in early spring despit the ample honey supply.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Not sure about the bees but the plant might be henbit (purple flowers). You will know it is henbit if in the Spring the bees come back with red pollen on their heads. It is a good nectar source in early Spring for my area and when the bees collect it the pollen rubs off on their heads.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Also you can take a sample of the bees that are on the ground and ship the m to the Bee Research Laboratory for a inspection. They are located in MD.

    Bee Research Laboratory
    10300 Baltimore Blvd.
    Building 476, Room 100
    Beltsville, MD 20705
    Telephone: 301-504-8205
    Fax: 301-504-8736
    email: jeffery.pettis@avs,usda.gov

    It is payed for by tax dollars and shouldn't cost you anything to get them to inspect the sick bees. Hopefully this helps.

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    Default Re: Bees all over the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by beecrazy101 View Post
    You have tracheal mites. Symptoms.
    1. You see many weak bees stumbling around on the ground in front of the hive.
    2. YOu spot some bees climbing up a stalk of grass to fly, but instread they just fall to the ground.
    3. You notice bees with K-wings (wings extended to odd angles-not folded in the normal position.)
    4. Bees abandon the hive (abscond) in early spring despit the ample honey supply.
    That is what I was afraid of

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