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  1. #1
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    Default What are bees doing in late november?

    It is late novemember here in WI. We have a warm spell at the moment were the temps are getting into the low 50s during the day. I noticed the bees are coming and going like it was the middle of the summer. What are they doing now since it is clear there is no pollen to gather.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    mugging other hives - Mike

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Looking for pollen and nectar. Just because there isn't any, doesn't mean that they aren't looking for it.

    Oh, they're also taking trips to the outhouse.

    Tony P.
    There must be a harder way to do that... let me find it for you.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    they also make cleansing flights.gathering a little water taking the dead out eating honey and replenishing the honey in the cluster. sealing cracks and guarding the entrance.warming in the sun as well.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    pp270, if you watch them coming and going for awhile you probably will see pollen coming in, my bees are bringing it and I don't see any flowers at all blooming within 3 miles of me, everything is brown. John

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Not much.

    House cleaning, cleansing flights, and clustering
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Bringing in some pollen and flying well. If we could get some rain....
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    mine are bringing in pollen, I live on a deadend road a 1/8 mile from the highway, that has alot of homes. so I think that some flower gardens still maybe in bloom.My wife still has one little yellow flower.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Mid 60's for awhile now in middle Tennessee. Bees are still bringing in some pollen.Had a new brood hatch yesterday

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    The girls were collecting some bright orange pollen today here in Northern New Mexico. 62 Deg F today.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Almost 70 today and bees were bring in pollen. I have a swarm I caught in Oct may open this week and check to see if see is still laying and how much stors they have, been feeding but they have not take to much yet.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Pollen coming in at 50-55 degrees between showers today in Oregon. This time of year I find that some hives are randomly more active on particular days. Just when I start to worry about the less-active hives I walk out to find them flying like crazy and the formerly-active hives very quiet.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Enjoying the warm spring weather collecting nectar, pollen and building comb like crazy :-)



    Cheers
    Rob

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Here in New England I saw dandelions blooming in the lawn event though it's in the 20s at night.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

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    I do not see many blooming flowers but they are bringing pollen in like crazy in NC.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    mine are just shivering telling me how cold they are and how they hate living in NY during the winter months.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Rob in NSW - do your girls build out good comb using a 1/4 sheet of wax as a guide? Cross combing? Incomplete frames?

    And in general reply, I think the girls will scavenge pollen from dead standing flowers long after frost and even the following spring - plus there are lots of "cold-hardy mums" on folk's door stoops in this neck of the woods for decoration.

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeButler View Post
    Rob in NSW - do your girls build out good comb using a 1/4 sheet of wax as a guide? Cross combing? Incomplete frames?
    I have no problems with cross comb and think the 1" strip is a bit generous BUT when I put in new frames they are always between existing straight comb.
    Cheers
    Rob

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    Default Re: What are bees doing in late november?

    A few were checking out the last few broccoli flowers while I was harvesting the brussel sprouts. The rest were just buzzing around the hives.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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