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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I am a new beekeeper this year and I took this picture of the hive this afternoon. I didn't notice anything out of the usual, but in looking at the photo (attached), I noticed that some of the bees landing on the platform have significantly darker abdomens. You can see it in the picture as...
  2. Bee Forum
    Hello! I am trying to find out how to make creamed honey so that it's white. So far, I have followed the usual Dyce process, but the resulting honey is dark. I have tried various temperatures too. The original honey, non-creamed, is dark too, of course. But would different level of...
  3. Bee Forum
    I see people play with colors for their hives and whatnot. Mostly, white, blue, green, etc. For some reason I see pastels or even black. Pastels aren't very bright, and black... Well, that just seems about as logical as putting your hive in your kitchen stove. If bees perceive color in the...
  4. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Does Fine Color Discrimination Learning in Free-Flying Honeybees Change Mushroom-Body Calyx Neuroarchitecture? Honeybees learn color information of rewarding flowers and recall these memories in future decisions. For fine color discrimination, bees require differential conditioning with a...
  5. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Nonrandom Composition of Flower Colors in a Plant Community: Mutually Different Co-Flowering Natives and Disturbance by Aliens When pollinators use flower color to locate food sources, a distinct color can serve as a reproductive barrier against co-flowering species. This anti-interference...
  6. Alternative Pollinators
    Dumb and Lazy? A Comparison of Color Learning and Memory Retrieval in Drones and Workers of the Buff-Tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, by Means of PER Conditioning More than 100 years ago, Karl von Frisch showed that honeybee workers learn and discriminate colors. Since then, many studies...
  7. Alternative Pollinators
    Unsupervised Neural Network Quantifies the Cost of Visual Information Processing Untrained, “flower-naïve” bumblebees display behavioural preferences when presented with visual properties such as colour, symmetry, spatial frequency and others. Two unsupervised neural networks were implemented to...
  8. Bee Forum
    How Bees Discriminate a Pattern of Two Colours from Its Mirror Image A century ago, in his study of colour vision in the honeybee (Apis mellifera), Karl von Frisch showed that bees distinguish between a disc that is half yellow, half blue, and a mirror image of the same. Although his inference...
  9. Bee Forum
    Flower Colours through the Lens: Quantitative Measurement with Visible and Ultraviolet Digital Photography Background The study of the signal-receiver relationship between flowering plants and pollinators requires a capacity to accurately map both the spectral and spatial components of a signal...
  10. Equipment/Hardware
    I've always wondered why "white" has become so universally standard in both bee-hive color choices and bee-suite colors. I know the "dogma" about dark colors bothering bees and potentially causing them to associate the beekeeper as a predator. However, I do a lot of queen rearing and often work...
  11. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Earlier in this year I lost a queen in one of my hives and to decrease potential after swarms, I split the parent hive up into 2 nucs and the parent hive. With 3 separate colonies in the end. The two nucs were moved to another property. The queens emerged, both looked rather under sized but of...
  12. Bee Forum
    A Comparative Study of Relational Learning Capacity in Honeybees (Apis mellifera) and Stingless Bees (Melipona rufiventris) It has long been known that bees have an impressive capacity to learn and discriminate colors, shapes, patterns and odors [2]–[6]. These learning abilities have been...
  13. Bee Forum
    Honeybees (Apis mellifera) Learn Color Discriminations via Differential Conditioning Independent of Long Wavelength (Green) Photoreceptor Modulation We tested honeybee vision using light emitting diodes centered on 414 and 424 nm wavelengths, which limit activation to the...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    When painting the hive, is using a white latex-based exterior primer okay? There wouldn't be any overcoat.
  15. Bee Forum
    Rookie question here. I got a 10-frame hive w/bees from a producer 5 days ago. After letting them get settled in their new environment, I did my first inspection yesterday. Everything looked good to me; 4 1/2 frames with drawn out can capped comb. I did notice that about half of the cells...
  16. Everything Honey
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Guys, I have a question that hopefully you guys can answer. I have purchased a very basic Pfund honey grading system: Jacks Scale My question is, Has anyone correlated a direct relation between the mm reading...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    Hi Guys, I have a question that hopefully you guys can answer. I have purchased a very basic Pfund honey grading system: Jacks Scale My question is, Has anyone correlated a direct relation between the mm reading and the type of honey. For example, has anyone measured sourwood honey and if so...
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