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While I’m “not” completely new to bee keeping, being successful at bee keeping would be..... “new” to me! :D I observed something tonight that surprised me......and, perhaps everyone else already knew of this.

I’ve never gone out at night and observed my hives, before tonight. I observed rather large numbers of bees outside the entrance.....just “hanging out....chilling”! Is it normal on a nice warm, summer night ( temps in upper 70’s F) to have a rather large number of bees just sitting around the entrance? :scratch: memtb
 

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In my experience, it is normal. They may still be bearding, if they were doing that earlier. But take a closer look--are some of the beating their wings very fast? They're cooling the hive. Many bees at night will beat their wings fast and direct air into the hive. Sometimes it looks like a relay, bees pushing air to other bees. And then finally, wouldn't you like to sit out on your front porch on a nice warm summer evening?.
 

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Thanks Connell! I suspected as much......temperature related! I never really thought about it, I guess that I just expected them to be “holed-up” for the night....no matter what the temperatures! memtb
 
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