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  1. #1
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    Default Bees & Light Spectrum

    What spectrum of light or wavelength do bees not 'see'?

    I ask because I may receive new packages in April, but can not transfer them into accepting nuc due to outside temperature (Alaska).

    My thought is that I can perform the transfer from package to nuc in my heated garage, and if the lights were off (combined with spraying package with sugar water), the transfer would go better (calmer bees in my ignorance of thinking). Can I light up my garage with a spectrum of light that a human can see, but a bee can not, to aid in package transfer?

    Cheers,
    My bees can hold it !

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Bees & Light Spectrum

    Use red light.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Bees & Light Spectrum

    just a thought....why bother?

    folks transfer packages all the time in daylight in the L48. I agree that you can do it in the garage for warmth, but no need to be a high tech ninja. just shake em into the hive, set the queen in, and you're good to go.

    One of the more experienced folks might chime in, and you should put more weight on their opinion. I'm pretty dang new to this stuff.

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    Default Re: Bees & Light Spectrum

    It depends on the daytime temps. where your at. I heard on the news not to long ago about a town somewhere in Alaska was going to have a high of -20 below. If your in that area then do it in the garage and try to keep it as dark as possible. If your daytime temps. are in the 50's then put them in outside. Maybe wrap the hive with some black tar paper to keep it warm. Remember to FEED them until the blooms start up and you have some kind of flow going. Good luck getting them going.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Bees & Light Spectrum

    Hybrid, lucky for you. I happen to work in the dark very often at night say 10-2am all summer long of last year. Carrying this attitude over here now. I worked with a local beekeeper who use a real miner's light with red LED light. I use the homemade generic version but he got the real one from a sport section that has both the red and bright light. Since bees see red color as black so anything in the dark we can see with a red LED light but they cannot. If you give them any source of light but red they will fly out in that direction. This is my experience working in the dark. I'm still new so not sure if the bees can actually hear the noise. It seems like any vibration I made they can sense and very sensitive to vibration. I wore my red miner's light but they still came out to greet me at night time. I know they cannot see me but the noise I made they came out to inspect anyway.
    Going back to your situation of installing a package I would be very careful that they crawl into your open holes. They will bite and sting even in the dark it is better for them as they are more nasty than the day time. Make sure you are fully protected (no holes) before playing with them in the dark and warm area.
    In southern Chile on youtube they have the big cube like Perone hives. It is like a top bar hive with big bar of frames. Imagine how to collect your honey in that massive bee hive. They use the red light bulb in a shop spot light to collect their honey at night time. So it works but you still have to be careful to not let them crawl up to you and afterward. Hope this helps!

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    Default Re: Bees & Light Spectrum

    Unless the light is filtered for only the red wavelength it is likely giving off other light that the bees can see. I would think you would be better off having a fully lite up space for the transfer but I don't know for sure.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Bees & Light Spectrum

    The real challenge is coming when the bees are hived and the lights come on or the sun comes up while the bees are still in the garage. They are going to fly to the light source -unless you use hardware cloth to block their coming and going. I know, because it did everything wrong while living in Alaska in 1984.
    LeeB
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

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