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    Default Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    So the BeeCam is up, but I still can't figure out which bees have nectar and which do not.

    Does anyone have good photos showing the difference?
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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Is that a rubber band I see them pulling out of the hive? Nice looking bees.

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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Just visited the webcam.........the bees appear to be trying to remove a rubber band from the hive. Did you band some comb into the hive lately?

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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    They got-r-done! (rubber band removal @ 12:54 pm ...KS time)

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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    It's gone now!!

    I think one of the supers I put on had its comb break away from the frame, so I rubber-banded it in when I put it on. That was about 2 weeks ago, so it's taken them awhile to pull it out.
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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Really neat bee cam. I didn't see any foragers returning with what I would consider a full belly of nectar, but that doesn't mean they didn't have some nectar. The ones I see that are just bustin' at the seams full have almost transparent abdomens they are so fully distended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruthiesbees View Post
    Really neat bee cam. I didn't see any foragers returning with what I would consider a full belly of nectar, but that doesn't mean they didn't have some nectar. The ones I see that are just bustin' at the seams full have almost transparent abdomens they are so fully distended.
    That's exactly what I'm looking for. Does anyone have photos of this type of fully-laden bee?
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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Returning forager catching a glimpse of herself in the lens' reflection: "Oh snap, does this nectar make my butt look big?"

    I think what you're hoping to see would be clearer if your camera was at a higher angle relative to the landing board.

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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    I couldn't get it to work...
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    Hey Enj, it's early spring now. Your recent Nor'easter proves it.

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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Bee View Post
    I couldn't get it to work...
    The youtube stream comes and goes, and I'm not entirely sure why.

    My private stream is still up, and the bees are very active right now, so the YT stream _should_ be working.
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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by enjambres View Post
    I think what you're hoping to see would be clearer if your camera was at a higher angle relative to the landing board.
    I'll have to come up with a mount that allows me to do that. Right now the BeeCam is just velcroed onto a pair of 2 x 4s. I'll need to make a pivot mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmTheWaterbug View Post
    The youtube stream comes and goes, and I'm not entirely sure why.

    My private stream is still up, and the bees are very active right now, so the YT stream _should_ be working.
    And now it's working again.
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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    That settles it. I'm not getting one. I wouldn't get anything done. That's for posting that. J

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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Looks like a lot of them are crashing into the brood box, falling onto the landing board, then crawling in!
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    I hear music, are you sitting nearby playing guitar?
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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    They're hauling in the pollen by the wazoo load most of the day.......

    Looks like a good strong hive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    Looks like a lot of them are crashing into the brood box, falling onto the landing board, then crawling in!
    Does poor flying skill correlate with high nectar loads? Or just with fermented nectar loads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim KS View Post
    They're hauling in the pollen by the wazoo load most of the day.......

    Looks like a good strong hive.
    Yeah, they bring in tons of pollen. But, as I've been told, pollen doesn't necessarily imply nectar.

    Yes, this was my booming, hostile hive that I split 3 ways last weekend in preparations for requeening. I strongly suspect that this stack has the queen, but I was too busy getting stung on the eyebrow (again) to look for her.
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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by IAmTheWaterbug View Post
    I'll have to come up with a mount that allows me to do that. Right now the BeeCam is just velcroed onto a pair of 2 x 4s. I'll need to make a pivot mount.
    So now I have a pivot mount, and a higher angle.

    Do they look like they're bringing in nectar?

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    Default Re: Photos of laden vs. unladen bees?

    Hello Waterbug,

    very nicely setup now. No idea how the bees look if they are nectar laden, but, if you check you should see if they place nectar in the comb and you will know.

    I have one hive with this dark abdomen, they produced like crazy last year and I have two hives with light brown abdomen and they are more holiday bees (I think).

    About this stinging business, I do most my checks without suit, just quick and without much work and only got stung a couple of times, but I have had twice one bee kamikaze around my face and I bad each time this bee looked at me thoroughly and then went for my eyebrow and nailed me. Good thing does idiots die.

    I wished my bees would be doing this now, but we are in deep winter again, around 0F and no sign of spring.

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