>i think the bees dont fly unless its in the 57 range?
I see mine flying well below 50 F. The Italians didn't but the feral stock does. They will do a cleansing flight in the mid to low fourties. They will forage around 47 F or so on a calm sunny day.
I have had feral bees. They are same as tamed bees. Michael, you are not honest to beginners. I do not recommend feral to anyoone. I have had them as much as Micheal. Dont worry.
* Bees may fly if it is brigh sun shine and there are low weeds blooming on the surface of ground. I think that that flying is not usefull. Just flying.
* I followed bees what really happens, because my collaques here wrote that their carniolan fly in temperature 47F. Bees are able to collect pollen balls in their legs when temperature is 61F. Same is told in Australia report.
*** Our plants generate honey when temperature is whole week 73 F. That is weather when bees collect surplus honey.
*** If weather are long 63F bees are not able to get surplus honey because there is no nectar on field.
*** Clovers need moist soil and continuous day temperature 77F that they exrecete a lot nectar. Canola stops nectar secreting when temp is 77F.
I have had many races and I have now. They are able to get same yield it there is something to collect.
Bees fly even 35 F if they need badly drinking water, even italians.
I LIVE ON THE LEVEL OF ALASKA. WHEN BEES FLY HERE USEFULLY IT MUST BE OVER 68F TEPM. FLOWERS DO NOT GIVE NECTAR UNDER THAT TEMP.
BUT IF FLYING IN LOW TEMPERATURES IS MOST IMPORTANT TO BEES, IT IS SAME WHAT YOU HAVE. BEES JUST KILL THEMSELVES WHEN THEY FLY VAINLY.