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  1. #1
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    Default butt pumping....

    Have had my bees for about one year now- just coming out of the winter season here in SW Arizona... i'm the first to admit that i'm a bad beekeeper and have more or less neglected my 7 hives lately. The last interaction i've had with them was about 2-3 months ago when i rearranged honey filled frames in the supers so that all hives had relatively equal amounts.... ANYWAY, i watched a bee land on our outside b-b-que about 5 ft short of its hive (presumably) and her little but was just pumping back and forth.... Does this signify anything? No visual pollen to report in her sacs and she was certainly nowhere near any pollen or nectar source where she landed....

    Also, when i first got the girls last year, they loved my waterfall between my spa and pool from feb to about jun. Then, they completely ignored it... today, they're back at it.... we've had decent rain this week. Any ideas for why this 'phenomenon' has occurred?

    Thanks much in advance...

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    Default Re: butt pumping....

    Bees do not have lungs per se. They have a series of air sacs in their bodies interconnected by trachea. Air enters their body via spiracles which are just openings in various body parts. Many on their abdomen. They will pump their abdomen to increase gas exchange within their bodies.

    So in effect they are catching their breath.

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    Default Re: butt pumping....

    yep, she fell short and needed to rebuild energy or warm up more.

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    Default Re: butt pumping....

    I was almost afraid to look at a thread that starts with Butt Pumping....

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    Default Re: butt pumping....

    lol! that makes sense! Thanks to all responders!

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    Default Re: butt pumping....

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmidwest View Post
    I was almost afraid to look at a thread that starts with Butt Pumping....
    Yep, me too. Butt I'm glad I did. Thanks
    Mike

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    Default Re: butt pumping....

    They seem to do it allot while they are drinking syrup, makes them look like they are gulping it down.

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    Cool Re: butt pumping....

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmidwest View Post
    I was almost afraid to look at a thread that starts with Butt Pumping....
    OK you made me look.

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    Default Re: butt pumping....

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmidwest View Post
    I was almost afraid to look at a thread that starts with Butt Pumping....
    I just had to open it to see what it was.

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