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  1. #1
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    Default sure is hot in here

    Has anyone here ever done a test to see how hot it can get inside a beehive during some of the hotter days in summer? I know that the bees try to regulate the brood nest temperature to keep it in the lower 90's or so, but just seems to me that when it is 100 degrees outside and you basically have a closed up box (the hive) in the sun, it would get way above that temperature no matter how much fanning they do. If so, the brood must be able to withstand higher temperatures without harm, as I have never seen bees hauling out dead larvae or pupae in large amounts during the heat of summer, like they will when they have chilled brood. John

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    Default Re: sure is hot in here

    There was a picture in one of the old bee books,I think ABC's,of a hive next to a burning building.The hive was actually scorched.A fireman took pity on the bees and threw a bucket of water on them.They survived.I wonder if the newer editions have that picture and story.

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    As temperatures rise bees shift their foraging to water. The returning water foragers will deposit droplets throughout the hive and the circulating air will evaporate it. Sometime, eons ago, bees figured out that evaporating water will reduce the ambient temperature. In essence the bees create an airconditioning system. Have you ever seen an evaporative cooling system for a greenhouse or chicken house? The bees were a couple of gazillion years ahead of mankind on this.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Quote Originally Posted by gone2seed View Post
    They survived.
    I was working for a beekeeping operation...and we got a call from a landowner where we had some hives. Some kids had set fire to the hives. We went out and most were burned to the ground but I remember one...the bottom board was completely burned and when we opened it much of the comb melted. But ya know...those bees survived. We put them in a new hive and moved them....and they lived happily ever after. True story...except the happily ever after part.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: sure is hot in here

    2012 was a year for record highs an already Australia has had to add colors to their heat map because, uh it's never been that hot there.

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    WOW! It has never been that hot! Seriously, do you believe that?? I have a bridge for sale.

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    Default Re: sure is hot in here

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    WOW! It has never been that hot! Seriously, do you believe that?? I have a bridge for sale.
    If your referring to my comment then yes the avg has never been this high. It's not typically 40s and 50s during the week in New England during January.

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