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Author Topic: stethoscope to locate cluster position?  (Read 938 times)
New Bee
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Location: North-central Massachusetts, USA (zone 5B)

« on: November 15, 2012, 08:47:53 AM »

I've got temperature sensors on the tops of my hives, and am trying to understand some differences in readings between hives.   Those of you who have used stethoscopes: will it allow me to get a rough idea (like within 6"/15cm) of where the bees are clustered in a winter hive, or is there not much ability to localize the sound?   Thanks, Greg

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 10:17:39 AM »

You can buy IR guns very cheaply at  I think they work better than a stethescope but Mr. Brownings machinery was hard on my ears. 
T Beek
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 11:39:55 AM »

I used a stethoscope for years to locate clusters.  Worked very well even in temps way below zero, which was when I tended to check.  Pretty cool to hear the bees humming in the 'dead' of winter and while the trees are 'cracking' due to extreme cold. 

This year (first time) I placed 'rigid foam insulation shells' around all of my hives, so the stethoscope will (likely ?) go back into the medical drawer. 

I did pick up an IR Gun for under $20.00 a few years back but again, I'm not sure it'll give me the kind of reading needed w/ the foam shells so we shall see. 

Ahhhhh, the bee-waiting game  cool

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