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« on: May 13, 2005, 09:49:04 PM »

Just starting beekeeping about a month ago.  Have 2 hives would like to increase to 4 hives next year.  Hives will be near each other.  Have seen pictures of hives with different color landing boards.  Does this help??  If so what are the best color to paint the landing boards if the bees are color blind???
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2005, 10:09:34 PM »

Bees are not color blinde they just see colors in different perspective than we do. Bees can also see ultra violet rays which also change the flowers appearances. Mostly different colored landingboard would be for the bees to make it easier to remember their hive. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2005, 11:06:21 PM »

I get a little bit of teasing for this.... but I painted arrows on two landing boards. I was going for a "geometric shape" idea. Smiley I have no idea if it helps my bees, or if there is any real scientific studies on this. But I did do it for the basic purpose of directional guidance for the bees.



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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2005, 07:04:20 AM »

I paint the alighting boards on my hives different colors too.  Does it help?  Hard to tell, but I know it doesn't hurt and it makes it easier for "me" to differentiate the hives. Instead of C1, C2 like John.  Mine are blue, yellow, red, etc....

I know a fellow beekeep that cuts different shapes (circles, squares, etc) out of plastic jugs (ie. orange Tide detergent) and tacks them above the hive entrances.


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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2005, 04:11:36 PM »

I had heard at a beekeepers' meeting that bees don't see red.  Apparently red beekeeper suits in Bermuda are becoing more popular becuase of this.....

But I bet the bees from the red hive don't get lost either.
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2005, 08:08:19 PM »

bees have a problem distinguishing reds from blacks and grays. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2005, 12:14:46 PM »

I've heard that bees are more aggressive to darker colors such as black and gray.  Does that mean that if a beekeeper inspects a colony wearing something red that he may be stung more because the bees percive it as black?
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2005, 09:27:42 PM »

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I've heard that bees are more aggressive to darker colors such as black and gray.  Does that mean that if a beekeeper inspects a colony wearing something red that he may be stung more because the bees percive it as black?


I would suspect that to be true. I suspect red translates to black to them (or some shade of grey). Dunno. I have been meaning to ask that question in our monthly local bee-geek meeting.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2005, 10:50:26 PM »

I was wearing a red shirt today and c2 was much more aggressive than c1 to it. Cheesy
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