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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
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    Lazy Mountain, Alaska, USA
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    Default Bees fly up or down?

    My hives are situated on a 400 foot bluff overlooking a river valley. Willow has finally bloomed.

    Will my bees fly 'down' to the willow on the river banks or keep to the hive elevation and fly 'up' to the willows located in the boreal forests on the mountain sides just a mile away?


    Cheers,
    My bees can hold it !

  2. #2
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    Sep 2010
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    Pacifica California, San Mateo County
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    Default Re: Bees fly up or down?

    Good question. Well, I have my hives on a hill side, too.
    I observed that more bees fly up the hill. Of course the reason for that could be more flowers up hill.
    I would do up too. If I come back with full load I rather o down hill.

    Cheers
    Stefan

  3. #3
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    Dec 2012
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    Sacramento, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Bees fly up or down?

    I don't think it would matter up or down. It depends on where is the food source.
    Let say if your hive is at a hill top and their food source is at the bottom of the
    valley then they will definitely fly down hill to the flowers. On the other hand if you
    put all your hives at the bottom of the hill on a flat land then they have to fly up to
    the hill into the forest to the flower source. If the elevation of the hive is high enough
    then they will fly down to your willow valley below.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Utica, NY
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    Default Re: Bees fly up or down?

    Interesting question. Why do you care?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Sacramento, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Bees fly up or down?

    Keep it up up there. Very simple. In a region where summer is short and winter is long, it
    will help to maximize the time to collect pollen and nectar for the bees.
    I would put my hives directly on the field right next to the food source if I can.
    Rather than flying half mile away it is only minutes away from their favorite
    canola flowers. This also help with the wear and tear on their bodies too.

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