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Cindi
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« on: December 02, 2007, 10:37:14 AM »

In my first year of beekeeping there was a yellow symbol painted on the front of one of the colonies.  One day, I saw a sight, a very strange sight and I thought I should share it with you all, any clues what the bees are doing, forming this circle around the yellow symbol?  I have never figured it out and it still remains a mystery. Beautiful day, wonderful day, wonderful health.  Cindi

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007, 07:32:30 PM »

I've heard that yellow sometimes has an effect on bees.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007, 10:32:19 PM »

They're saying "dammit, why can't I get the nectar from this flower!?"
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007, 07:22:21 AM »

That's pretty cool.
Not barring out an optical thing, but if the edge of the paint was raised, even just a little, it could have trapped some pollen.
Did this last for a long time or were you just in the right place at the right time?
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007, 08:28:22 AM »

Tai, I remember that the bees were only there that one time and I honestly don't know how long they stayed.  It was just such an interesting thing, I had to take the picture.  There was definitely something going on here though, no clue what either.  Have a beautiful and wonderful day, lovin' life.  Cindi
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007, 07:32:33 AM »

in the spring I've noticed that most bees collect on the yellow painted hive and the yellow painted entrance. it's a warm colour so...that's it I'd say

although to us humans black would be the logical choice to warm up, it's actually somehow different. they've watched a bumblebee on the early morning forage, and he starts foraging at warm coloured flowers to warm up in the morning.
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