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Offline josbees

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Workers being kind of "thready"
« on: May 22, 2008, 10:22:22 PM »
I didn't even think hard about this till today, but two days ago when I was about to requeen one of my hives after the first girl didn't make it, I was checking the frames, just to be sure there was no queen around.  I was so intent at finding or not finding the big girl, that I wasn't paying the proper attention to the rest of the girls.  And now it's on my mind.  I requeened the hive, and am not planning on going back in for at least another week (other than topping up the sugar syrup up above).

But what I saw when I went in was this:  when I nudged the frames apart, I noticed that there were a bunch of workers kind of hanging on to each other between the frames, and when I pulled the frames it was kind of like a spiderweb or mothy falling apart.  I know that's a lousy description, but it's the best I can come up with.

I'd say there were about 50 bees, half on one frame and half on the next, and it was just like pulling a piece of cotton ball apart.

What do you all think?  Are they just having a party between the frames, or are they desperately holding on to each other in the hope that I'll disappear and let them alone?

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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008, 10:26:22 PM »
A good sign, they are working. Building comb.
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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2008, 10:28:13 PM »
Thanks!!  See, if it wasn't for all of you I would have absolutely no clue.  And here I was, thinking they were all turning into moth bees, or cotton ball bees, or some such!!

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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008, 11:05:31 PM »
festooning. Using their bodies as architectural guide.
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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 11:08:11 PM »
I was told that when they make wax they chain ....  
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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2008, 11:10:05 PM »
also correct
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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2008, 12:39:36 AM »
I read here on this forum, that they need to be left alone when they are festooning. It all looks like very delicate work to me and I place them back in the hive quickly when I find them doing that. It brings such happiness to me when I see them doing this, knowing they are making the wax combs.

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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2008, 12:52:20 AM »
good going, let them do their thing.

When you get a good colony going some time the only inspection needed is to look at the entrance for 5 or 10 minutes. If you're not taking honey off, adding a super or feeding, why open?
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Re: Workers being kind of "thready"
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2008, 12:58:57 AM »
Be pep rallies! :-D


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