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« on: March 09, 2010, 03:34:56 PM »

Hi all--My first year (last year), I had no jump suit. Usually, my jean jacket and jeans did the job. But, on those very long sessions in the hives, the bees would eventually find the gaps.

So, our local surplus store has bright yellow jumpsuits for less than $5. Would this be asking for trouble? I know white is suggested for bee keeping, but how important is this?

Thanks in advance--luvin honey
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010, 04:00:52 PM »

They were attracted to my yellowish wedding ring, but they weren't out to do any harm, I have to wonder if they'll think you're a giant sunflower.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010, 04:43:44 PM »

I have to wonder if they'll think you're a giant sunflower.





 
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010, 06:38:21 PM »

Just use whatever works.  I'd be all for the yellow jumpsuit.  I don't think the bees could care one way or the other!
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010, 07:13:42 PM »

I was wondering about looking like a nice source of pollen, too. Cheesy Is it the nectar that they "see" ultravioletly? Or the pollen?

Well, $4 is worth a shot. I'll let you know how it works this summer.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2010, 09:48:54 AM »

I don't know.  I just won't feel comfortable working my hives looking like this.   grin

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Seriously, if it only cost $5 I'd give it a try.

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2010, 09:59:55 AM »

you could always wash it in cold water and mild bleach and turn it whiteish....
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2010, 10:14:11 AM »

I don't know.  I just won't feel comfortable working my hives looking like this.   grin

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Seriously, if it only cost $5 I'd give it a try.

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That's cute Smiley And, yes, that is exactly the color! So, I would look like a major dweeb, but our nearest neighbors are 1/2 mile away and in-laws, so who cares?


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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2010, 10:16:07 AM »

In the Nova - Tales from the Hive video the beekeeper has a yellow suit.  I think it was filmed in Germany or Austria.
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2010, 03:55:32 PM »

I wouldn't worry about the color of the suit as much as the scent it gives off. Bees behave aggressively towards scents they don't like.

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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2010, 04:10:23 PM »

Well, I guess it's easier poking fun than giving straight answers.

White is recommended because bees react more to colors as they darken. White the least, black the most.
Any light, pastel color will work fine. Any dark, deep colors may cause problems. I would second the idea of washing it in strong clorox water.

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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2010, 05:42:59 PM »

Iddee, you're right, I wasn't clear. I wasn't really making fun, but figuring there might be a few extra bees curious about the yellow color. - like my wedding ring, the scout just gave it a close look and went on her way. I would even figure that the perfect color would be the shade of red they can't see well.
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2010, 08:16:03 PM »

Well, I guess it's easier poking fun than giving straight answers.

White is recommended because bees react more to colors as they darken. White the least, black the most.
Any light, pastel color will work fine. Any dark, deep colors may cause problems. I would second the idea of washing it in strong clorox water.

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Like you don't joke around Iddee, when the situation presents itself really now!  Wink


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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2010, 08:52:33 PM »

Yellow would be fine. Just don't get a black fuzzy jump suit that smells like a bear shocked
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2010, 09:02:38 PM »

JP, there ain't a bigger joker on this forum them me, but I do try to put a serious answer in with it when called for. It wasn't just one post, but 6 or 8 without a serious answer. Besides, I'm jealous over your weather, so I'm gonna give you a hard time until it warms up here.  tongue   tongue     Kiss

Bee Happy, it is said that bees see red as black. It might backfire on you.
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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2010, 09:07:49 PM »

glad to know that in a timely manner.
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« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2010, 09:18:28 PM »

JP, there ain't a bigger joker on this forum them me, but I do try to put a serious answer in with it when called for. It wasn't just one post, but 6 or 8 without a serious answer. Besides, I'm jealous over your weather, so I'm gonna give you a hard time until it warms up here.  tongue   tongue     Kiss

Bee Happy, it is said that bees see red as black. It might backfire on you.

I still don't buy into the dark color thing as being necessarily a bee magnet as I wear khaki pants and black under armour shirts every day. Besides as you know I have dark black hair and a mostly black beard (My wife has added a bunch of gray!)

BTW, I have a teletubbie fetish.


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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2010, 11:26:54 PM »

I just love the teletubbies. The first time I saw them I just could not believe how funny the show was.

That was a cute segment JP. Thanks for sharing it. 

I always thought that colored bee suits would be rather nice. Maybe I will dye mine a different color.

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« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2010, 01:13:00 AM »

... Any light, pastel color will work fine...

Hmmm... light pastel... like... no shirt with cutoff jeans and sandals?  rolleyes
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« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2010, 09:39:29 AM »

I don't know, Teletubbies kind of freak me out and give me the heebie jeebies. 

Not really sure why.  Something about their faces . . .

I wonder if the saturation level of the color is more important than the actual hue.  As iddee and avenger said, bleaching it would bring down the saturation and maybe make it not so visible to the bees.  Hence, dark but faded clothes (like jeans and older black shirts . . and graying hair??  evil lol) may not attract them as much as deep dark new clothes.

I kinda like this idea, I might go looking for a jumpsuit myself!

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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2010, 09:52:07 AM »

I don't know, Teletubbies kind of freak me out and give me the heebie jeebies. 

Not really sure why.  Something about their faces . . .

I wonder if the saturation level of the color is more important than the actual hue.  As iddee and avenger said, bleaching it would bring down the saturation and maybe make it not so visible to the bees.  Hence, dark but faded clothes (like jeans and older black shirts . . and graying hair??  evil lol) may not attract them as much as deep dark new clothes.

I kinda like this idea, I might go looking for a jumpsuit myself!

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We have already highjacked this thread half to death, so I guess a little more deviation won't hurt. Sorry to OP.

Ziffa, what I would like to do to Teletubbies: Tackle them, over and over, squeeze them, over and over (they look quite soft)

I like the built in note pad on their stomachs, they could follow me around in the beeyard.

Did I mention tackle them?


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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2010, 11:15:36 AM »

I don't know, Teletubbies kind of freak me out and give me the heebie jeebies. 

Not really sure why.  Something about their faces . . .

Thank you. I was starting to feel evil for thinking they are downright freaky and scary!! Big Bird, fine. Teletubbies--yikes!!

Thanks for all the answers, serious and otherwise. Nothing like spring to get the silly juices flowing Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2010, 11:36:29 AM »

 We did a bit of tie dyeing last summer. So i told my wife I wanted to tie dye my sons suit to look like a bee but she thinks having a 60# bee peeking in the hive might cause a defensive action.  I still think its worth a shot, if only for the video.  Rain S#@%s I hope someone out there can see the sun.  John.
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« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2010, 12:22:36 PM »

We did a bit of tie dyeing last summer. So i told my wife I wanted to tie dye my sons suit to look like a bee but she thinks having a 60# bee peeking in the hive might cause a defensive action.  I still think its worth a shot, if only for the video.  Rain S#@%s I hope someone out there can see the sun.  John.
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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2010, 09:52:04 AM »

They're 8 and 10. It'll be luck of the draw or which one volunteers.. "Hey look boys who wants to bee the bee?" I normally go with the Tom Sayer approach. "Boy this sure looks fun." If it gets the final DW approval I will tape the results. John
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« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2010, 01:19:57 PM »

My 10-yo will NOT try the bee suit for fear of looking like a huge flower Smiley Anyway, it's a moot point, as the surplus store only carried XXL and they are way, way too long. Ah well. Back to trying to cobble things together from my closet.
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« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2010, 01:35:47 PM »

What material is used to make the suit?  For such a cheap price, I'm wondering if it's some kind of plastic! 

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« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2010, 04:27:18 PM »

Yeah, If they are the coated tyvek suits, you will bake in them.  I have to wear those for work sometimes.  They are fine in cool wieather, but are awful in the summer.  tongue
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« Reply #28 on: March 15, 2010, 11:20:32 PM »

They were some kind of woven material. Not cotton. Not plastic. They reminded me a bit of my floating row covers for gardening, only much thicker. Sorry that I can't be more helpful!
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