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  1. #1
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    May 2013
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    Southern Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
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    Default Winter Activity - etc?

    Hi - this may be a ridiculous question. But here goes. I put candy boards on both hives (1 Carni and 1 italian). Carnies were cranky. Italian hive tried to kill me - seriously - little brats.
    Anyway - on my way out to run to the store I stopped by they hives, after dark and 27 degrees outside. Why not just look right? Put the flashlight in through the hole in the candyboard. There was so much movement and activity that I could see, I couldn't believe it. It's after dark and in the 20's - is that typical of nighttime movement in a hive, especially in the cold? I always just figured they sort of slowed down at night.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2011
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    Peace River, AB Canada
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    Default Re: Winter Activity - etc?

    The winter cluster is always in motion with cold outer bees moving into the center as warm bees move to the outside. -31C here this morning.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2006
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    Massillon, Ohio
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    Default Re: Winter Activity - etc?

    They can still fly, and sting, at 27 deg. And they don't like flashlights at night. Just a heads up.
    To everything there is a season....

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Winter Activity - etc?

    Thanks JD and haha yes Mike. It was a quick look and off again. But yeah - as cranky as they're been - I'm staying away for a while!

  5. #5
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    May 2012
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    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: Winter Activity - etc?

    It may be dark outside and cold, but it is dark inside the hive and warm.
    Warm hive and warm bees= movement (constantly).

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
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    St. Albans, Vermont
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    Default Re: Winter Activity - etc?

    Quote Originally Posted by JML72 View Post
    It's after dark and in the 20's - is that typical of nighttime movement in a hive, especially in the cold? I always just figured they sort of slowed down at night.
    Well, you did put a candy board on them.

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