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    Default Bees arching their "backs" at entrance and buzzing wings?

    I noticed some of my bees coming out onto the entrance of the hive and arching their "backs," with their abdomens bent slightly downward, and their wings flapping frantically. Is this the early stage of bearding? What exactly they doing doing? Mind that it is about 93 in Texas July.

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    Default Re: Bees arching their "backs" at entrance and buzzing wings?

    It's called fanning. They do it to cool the hive, ripen honey, and release nasonov as a homing beacon.

    Completely normal

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    Default Re: Bees arching their "backs" at entrance and buzzing wings?

    Great. Thanks. Also what is the behavior in which bees rub parts of their body with legs. I don't know if this is a different action, but what about rubbing their proboscises?

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    Default Re: Bees arching their "backs" at entrance and buzzing wings?

    Quote Originally Posted by drmanhadan View Post
    Great. Thanks. Also what is the behavior in which bees rub parts of their body with legs. I don't know if this is a different action, but what about rubbing their proboscises?
    They use their legs to clean the proboscis and antennae to cleanse palate and smell glands like we would rinse mouth or blow nose.

    Ramona

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    Default Re: Bees arching their "backs" at entrance and buzzing wings?

    Great video! How did you do that?
    Also, what's the purpose for a bee cleaning its proboscis, antennae, and "smell glands?"
    What are smell glands...

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