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  1. #1
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    Default Bees out at night?

    Do all bees return to the hive at night, or do some foragers not return til the next day?

  2. #2
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    Issaquah,WA,USA
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    Default Re: Bees out at night?

    They don't fly at night. They crawl at night. So if they are out and they survive they can come back tomorrow. In my case the hives might not bee there when pollinating. So they just die.

  3. #3
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    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
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    Default Re: Bees out at night?

    Yes. Quite often they don't all make it home before dark.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Bees out at night?

    Yep. If they lose track of time and it gets too dark they will land and just hunker down until morning. Soon as it's light enough to fly its back to work.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Bees out at night?

    I call them stay outs. Can be a considerable number of bees during honey flow.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Bees out at night?

    This year I have my hives close to my house and I never realized how many are stay-outs. I have an window air conditioner on my second floor and it must not be sealed that good as it leaks bees at night as they somehow make it to the inside and they always flight to the ceiling light and are usually killed by the heat from the bulb.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Bees out at night?

    A very experienced beekeeper told me once that the more experienced foragers will purposely hunker down at night during a good flow to save energy and return when it warms up in the morning.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Bees out at night?

    I learned that they can stay out at night and survive when I tried to move my first hive. I would say more than half the hive was outside for a night but found their way back the next day.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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