Re: Orientation and forage question
I have noticed two types of orientation flights. one could also be a combination orientation and cleansing. the other is orientation and foraging. Bees can communicate not only what and where food is but how much. When a bees comes home saying "I found a bunch of good stuff" more bees leave the hive. Many of these bees seem to me to have to orient before they leave to find the food. And at least in one case these orientation flights can get huge. 10 foot in radius in one case from my hive. But many if not most of the bees where leaving after there orientation circling.
The other type of orientation flight is the non stop parade of bees coming out flying for a bit and returning to the hive. these are much smaller clusters of bees.
I also noticed int eh first type of flight the bees will tend to make false starts to leave. they fly about 20 feet away and make several false returns to the hive even. Then they are off to wherever and must return eventually because my hive is not empty yet and I have had several huge flights of this type over the past couple of weeks. My bees are also foraging so much I don't hink one full entrance is enough room to gt in and out of the hive.
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