Do bees do more orientation flights when there is more forage? Been rather quiet around my hives the last couple weeks (very hot and dry here, severe drought). This evening I was chatting with my neighbor and watching my bees when they preformed a big orientation flight demonstration for us. More bees than I've seen out of both hives in weeks.
I walked down to the nearest soybean field, and sure enough, they are in full bloom.
Does anyone know if the appearance of significant forage will result in an increase in orientation flights? I sure hope so!
If these beans make nectar, I've got about a thousand acres of full season beans around me, and probably another thousand of late beans following wheat (if we ever get any rain, that is). Last year a weak hive gave me a full super of soybean honey (which they later ate) off about 5 acres, hopefully this year will be better.