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Today the temps got up around 50F, and my hives were busy. I was watching one of the hives, and multiple times, saw undertaker bees bringing out the dead. I knew they did that, so it wasn't a surprise. But what I did find striking is that instead of just dumping the body off the edge of the porch, she took off with the body and flew quite a ways. I have my hives in my back yard, and she flew over the neighbor's house with the body before I lost sight of her. I was sure she still had her payload as it made her a lot larger in size, and it was easy to follow the path.

How far will bees fly with the dead bodies before jettisoning them? I was also surprised she could heft the weight.

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mine were carrying off the dead today also. they weren't flying off with them though. they would fall to the ground with them then drag them
 

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Last year in warmer weather, I could see them carry them over the neighbors roof before I lost site of them.
Thats about 60' from my hives.
I was surprised.
 
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