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Field Bee
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Location: Northern Virginia USA

« on: May 25, 2012, 12:03:27 PM »

My bees have started something I do not remember seeing before (but then I sometimes do not remember breakfast  Brian) For the past 3 days they have been standing in rows, usually 3 rows but today 5 rows. There are about 50 workers face-to-face with 50 foragers in each row. I watched them for about 30 minutes today, a forager lands, goes face-to-face with a worker, then a few seconds (10-15) later the forager goes back out and the worker goes inside the hive, both being replaced by two others. It is kind of cool to watch the process but I have no idea what they are doing (there is no communication dance or wiggle just land face off and part.) The hive is correct inside, extra growing room, a good laying queen etc. Any ideas what this face off is about?

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Super Bee
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Location: North Carolina

« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012, 12:15:31 PM »

They are passing nectar.  This usually goes on inside the hive.  And since I have screened bottoms it also happens through the screen from outside to inside.  I have not seen it done on the face of the hive but that's what it sounds like.

"You never can tell with bees."  --  Winnie-the-Pooh
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