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    Default Pretty smart, those bees!

    In the shade!


    Two weeks ago, with daytime temps in the high eighties and low nineties every hive in this yard had enormous beebeards. These three tristory nucs were the worst. Today at well over 100, in full sun….no beards.

    Here’s the way I understand it. Beebeards are a collection of foraging bees who have no work to do…end of nectar flow, time of day…whatever. Rather than add their biological heat to the inside of the nest, they stay outside. Makes sense…right? Today with triple digit temps…they have work to do. They are collecting water. Those miniature tankers return to the nest and deposit water droplets throughout the hive. Other bees circulate air and the evaporating water actually cools the nest. Pretty smart those bees.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: Pretty smart, those bees!

    They continue to astound me every day.
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    Default Re: Pretty smart, those bees!

    Quote Originally Posted by heus View Post
    They continue to astound me every day.
    If I had to guess, I'd say that humans figured out that evaporating water lowered temperatures a few hundred years ago. Bees have been employing that same principle for eons. Makes one wonder, doesn't it?
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    Default Re: Pretty smart, those bees!

    I think the ancient Greeks and Romans used this principle but even so, bees were using it long before humans.
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