Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bees At Night

Beekeeping is the kind of hobby where you never quite feel like you're the one in control.

Here are a few photos of the bees when the sun has gone down and they don't think I'm watching. The photos don't really do it justice. It's pretty amazing seeing them either all bunched up in a chain or shifting back and forth on the face of the hive doing some grooming and cleaning.

The heat and humidity is the reason they're doing all this stuff. There is not as much for them to do when the sun goes down (no foraging) and the inside of the hive gets a little too warm with thousands of them in there. So some of them sit out on the porch while a few others stand in the entrance fanning their wings to draw cool air in. Crazy!!!

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