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  1. #1
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    Smile Bees are forming a daisy chain

    When I did my inspection I noticed when I separated the frames the bees were all hanging on to one another like a chain. There were large clumps of bees hanging on to each other by their their feet! Whats that all about?

    Thanks much

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    They are doing the wave.....

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    It is called "festooning" and it means they are making comb.
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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    NasalSponge has it right. And it is a wonderful thing to see!

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    "festooning"
    I just like the word LOL



    and yes thats what they are doing
    Tommyt

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    the bees are not so much making comb, but rather taking measurements so they know how much comb to build

    got this from a documentary im watching at the moment..

    Inside the tree, the bees form living chains. Not having a ruler handy, it's their way of taking measurements, in preparation for the construction work, which has to begin as soon as possible.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/2701bees.html

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    Is there a way to watch the movie online?

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    ya sure WillH

    part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjfJV...layer_embedded

    part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qx_f...eature=related

    part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM_fc...eature=related

    the piece about the bees forming a daisy chain is at the beginning of part 2

    enjoy!

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    Great videos. Thanks for passing the links along kevink.

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    Watched all 3 parts. Very nice filming. Thanks for posting the link.

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    Just watched all 3 don't know how I missed them before ....Thank you for the link
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    no problem!

    i have 2 more excellent documentaries, but i must find the links

    one is about the CCD and the other is about varroa.

    when i find them, ill post the links for ye!

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    Quote Originally Posted by kevink View Post
    ya sure WillH

    part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjfJV...layer_embedded

    part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qx_f...eature=related

    part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM_fc...eature=related

    the piece about the bees forming a daisy chain is at the beginning of part 2

    enjoy!
    Great documentary! The "in flight" shots are great!

    Thanks very much for posting these links.

    Edit: For those that might be interested, there are some pages on NOVA's web site about how they got some of those amazing shots. You can read about it here if you like.

    Brian
    Last edited by Benthic; 06-15-2011 at 09:03 AM.

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    glad everyone is enjoying the links...

    and as promised, here are some more

    PBS Nature - Silence of the Bees - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episo...l-episode/251/

    this didnt work for me due to the fact that im in ireland, but it should work if your in america

    and...

    a nice documentary on Varroa - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF__ezaP3-0

    hope ye all enjoy them as much as i have!

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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    Very interesting since this video is on Hulu titled "Bees - Living for the Queen" and the narrator is British sounding with and entirely different script.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/222290/bee...-for-the-queen
    Mike Forbes
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    Default Re: Bees are forming a daisy chain

    mmmm my bad, i googled the Silence of the bees and got the page above, and cause i couldnt watch it, i assumed that was it

    sorry about that, at least ye know what to look for! lol

    its a very interesting documentary, its what i first saw when i started looking into beekeeping

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