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Offline softgroups

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Bee Freeze
« on: June 18, 2009, 01:05:12 PM »
Is it true that if you freeze a bee, she will get back to life if you her to sun light?!

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 01:09:20 PM »
I believe that to be an urban legend ;)
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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 01:27:19 PM »
Sortof.

If you are walking near a hive on a sunny winter day that has warmed a little (in the mid to upper 30's deg F), you will see numerous bees in the snow.  They rest there, but the snow sucks the heat out, and they go comatose.

They "die" and appear really dead.  But if it is still within a few hours of them falling to the snow and "dying", you can pick them up, warm them in your hands,  and they come back to life.

They aren't really dead, but they do go rather dormant.  It doesn't work though if you wait more than a few hours.  Then they really are dead.

So you probably could "kill" a bee by putting it in a freezer for a while, bring her out when she appears dead, and the heat of the sun would reinvigourate her.  But if you forget her in the freezer, no amount of heat will bring her back.

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2009, 02:06:36 PM »
One fall day my kids brought a bunch of "dead" drones into the house and put them by the wood burner....next thing ya know they where flying everywhere.

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2009, 02:28:52 PM »
Sounds a bit like hypothermia :)
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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2009, 04:09:40 PM »
Just "don't eat the yellow snow" :-D!
John 3:16

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2009, 04:13:10 PM »
Just "don't eat the yellow snow" :-D!

You mean thats not honey in the snow????? :?

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2009, 04:29:28 PM »
A few nights ago, I put some bees in the fridge to get them to settle down a bit so I can more easily pick them up for some apitherapy.  I left them in too long.  Only a few appears to be alive.  I used those bees and put the rest outside still in the container.  By morning all were gone. 

Take it for what it is worth or try it for yourself.

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2009, 08:54:19 AM »
Chill is one thing Freeze is another :evil:
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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2009, 10:46:20 AM »

You mean thats not honey in the snow????? :?

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Ever smell that "honey"?? :-X
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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2009, 05:23:17 PM »
Cold bees will go into torpor and can be revived from it.  But I think a hard freeze will kill them.

You can put cockroaches in the freezer for several hours then revive them.  They are tough.

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2009, 07:00:29 PM »

You mean thats not honey in the snow????? :?

G3

Ever smell that "honey"?? :-X

Never did smell it but it sure did taste funny :-P

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those hot bees will have you steppin and a fetchin like your heads on fire and your @ss is a catchin!!!

Bees will be bees and do as they please!

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2009, 07:39:44 PM »
Great day, what talk. :roll: :shock: :'( :'( :'( :) ;)doak

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2009, 07:55:34 PM »
Yeah I'm just glad I didn't step in it :-D

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Bees will be bees and do as they please!

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Re: Bee Freeze
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2009, 10:04:53 PM »
If their body temp gets down around 33 you can warm them up and "bring them back to life" but if you actually freeze them solid they die.
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