Very curious about this: Why do bees get so irritable when rain or a storm is approaching? Does anyone know the scientific explanation for this? Does the low pressure affect the bees in some way? Would love to find out.
yeah ...... think of it as if you had your thanksgiving dinner every day of the year ..... after awhile uncle burts jokes just dont cut it, sally's purfume is over whelming, you want to go to the bathroom but there is a line !!!!
yeah id get fed up with family too!!!!!! love them but let me out of the house!!!!!
Bees navigate with the three ocelli between the compound eyes. If the sky is dark they get little migrains and take it out on the nearest guy. I inspected a hive the day of a full solar eclipse and found out the hard way. Last years extracting workshop was on a rainy day. I suited up a little more than normal. Pulled the supers and we extracted honey. It is amazing what new beekeepers will endure to learn about the bees. There were about 40 students out in the rain pulling honey supers.
Old timers tell of how mean bees get when they are on a buckwheat flow. For some reason, buckwheat flowers only yield nectar in the morning. So, if you open up hives during the afternoon, they are ready to sting on cue.
You could say that having the sweet stuff stop in the middle of a perfectly nice day just puts the in a very bad mood. Do bees have moods? Most beekeepers will tell you that they do.
Is there a scientific explanation for moods? I suppose there is, chemical imbalance and all that. Feeding sugar to bees seems to put them into a good mood, and that is just like a drug that makes you feel better.
Perhaps they get withdrawal symptoms when their sweet stuff is cut off abruptly. Sure seems that way to us.
I think the colony survival impulse is a big factor.
Rain can wipe out/seriously injure an exposed colony. Bees know that Mother Nature is about to assault their homes and colony life. This puts them on an added alert.
Another thing that might affect their mood is that when a storm approaches, most little critters like mice look for a dry place to hide. Over the centuries, the bees may associate an impending rainstorm with a heightened chance of mice trying to enter the hive looking for shelter.
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