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Davepeg
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« on: April 30, 2008, 08:18:57 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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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 08:23:47 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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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 11:38:11 AM »

What  shocked All this time I thought they were telling me to kiss their...........nevermind  embarassed
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 11:39:22 AM »

What  shocked All this time I thought they were telling me to kiss their...........nevermind  embarassed

You never know.  It could be dual purpose. shocked
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 12:17:05 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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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 10:33:54 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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