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Offline Davepeg

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Rear ends in air?
« on: April 30, 2008, 09:18:57 AM »
Here's a new one for me - I decided to "peek" inside the hives today - just took off the top cover - on the inside of my feeder boxes the bees were walking around with their rear ends up in the air - what the heck is that all about?
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Re: Rear ends in air?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 09:23:47 AM »
nosanoving. sending their scent into the air to orient other bees. Happens when you open hive, and haooens more when you syart to deconstruct their home as in a removal. Hekps queen and other find each other during chaotic time.
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Re: Rear ends in air?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 12:38:11 PM »
What  :shock: All this time I thought they were telling me to kiss their...........nevermind  :oops:

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Re: Rear ends in air?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 12:39:22 PM »
What  :shock: All this time I thought they were telling me to kiss their...........nevermind  :oops:

You never know.  It could be dual purpose. :shock:
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Re: Rear ends in air?
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 01:17:05 PM »
It is defense as well.  I notice that not only are they mooning me, they have their stinger pointing out.  Sorta like a porcupine.  I've always noticed the bee smell when I open them and associated it with "alarm".
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Re: Rear ends in air?
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 11:33:54 PM »
I saw the same thing when I opened my hive and posted the same question.  What I find interesting is that they do not do it every time I open the hive.  I think that is because at this time I still a medium full of honey on top of the brood boxes and not so many bees are up there.  Of course, I could be totally wrong.
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