"OK I'll bite. Just how will a thermometer in my colonies help me control the temperatures inside my hives? And, what exactly would you do if you noticed an unexpected temperature drop? And what exactly would you be able to do in mid-winter?" Michael Palmer Post#156
A really good situation has turned up to reply to these questions again from completely different foreshortening.
This winter is unusually warm therefore my bees are unusually active. In such situation they already ate all honey in some hives.
I recognized such situation, because temperature inside of these hives dropped significantly in comparison with the other hives...
So the thermometers gave me the very good chance to save my two colonies.
I posted new pictures related to this post here: http://beebehavior.com/feeder.php
Two cool pictures for the beekeepers in the hot/warm climates.
The 2013-2014 winter is unusually cold in my area. Nevertheless a large amount of snow plays perfectly a role of natural insulator:
Two deep hive bodies (plus 6-inch THSCU) are totally under snow: