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tomofreno
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« on: March 15, 2013, 02:20:09 PM »

Usually it would still be cold here in high desert (4500 ft) this time of year, but we have had temps around 70 for about a week.  Bees have been very busy bringing in pollen.  What are they getting it from this time of year?

I enjoy watching the bees going about their work and noticed that most dead bees are dumped in front of the hive, but some bees struggle to drag a dead one out, get it in position and then fly away as far as I can see them with it - like 60 to 70 yards and around 30 to 40 feet high, and still going.  Any idea why they would expend so much energy to carry them so far away?
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 10:18:47 AM »

Different workers have different genetics and therefore different instincts.  Further would seem better as far as removing any disease further away, and not attracting insectivores to the hive.
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