Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites
I was watching this science show for kids the other night. Turned out to be very interesting, this guy was studying bee swarms. He wentn to a remote island that had no bees on it. He then set up two swarm traps. One had a small space like a nuc and a large entrance. The other had a space about the size of a ten frame and a small entrance. He had the swarm where he could observe them. One hive he marked with a blue tag, the other a yellow. He then stood at the blue hive and marked the bees blue as they entered. Did the same at the yellow. Back at the swarm there was a blue bee dancing and a yellow bee dancing. Each one was trying to convince the crowd to follow it. Soon the blue (large space small opening) began to outnumber. Then the blue bee would go over and headbut the other one as if to tell him to shut up he lost. After a few blows it gave up and they swarmed into the blue hive. Cool to watch, wish I could remember the show? Think the guys name was Thomas Seely?
All beekeepers can agree on one thing, and that one thing is, that all beekeepers can't agree on one thing.