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    Default dancing bees

    This morning I noticed a couple of hundred bees on the landing platform all standing in different directions, not flapping wings for ventilation. just seem to be scratching at the surface of the hive; and not turning in circles. Is this some sort of dance? What does it mean? I have never seen this before. Thanks!

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    Default Re: dancing bees

    Sounds like 'washboarding'. They are probably just doing some cleaning.

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    Default Re: dancing bees

    Bee's can hear ultrasonic sounds where humans cannot. That's just the dance beat to the DJ in the hive spinning records. It's just too high frequency for you to hear and those are the bees that needed to get out of the club for a minute.

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    Default Re: dancing bees

    LOLLLLL Very Good! I don't think anyone has yet found out why the bees behave such. OMTCW

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    Default Re: dancing bees

    Yep, washboarding.

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    Default Re: dancing bees

    Be careful while watching them. The rhythmic motion is very hypnotic.
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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    Default Re: dancing bees

    I have top entrances and have noticed most are facing down, they also seem to be licking as they move up and down.

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    Default Re: dancing bees

    I called them porch lickers and some people thought it was funny.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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