Bearding - Telescope Entrance

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Chuck Jachens
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Bearding - Telescope Entrance

Postby Chuck Jachens » Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:24 am

Today is warm, 98 degrees F at 5pm, and one of my top bar hives has bees are bearding on the telescope entrance. The other 3 hives only have a few bees hanging around at the entrance. All four hives are quiet and through the observation windows, all looks normal. A few bees are flying in and out, for water I guess.

There isn't any nectar flows happen in my part of California. The severe drought and water restrictions have everyone's yards dry. No flowers and dead grass/lawns are the norm.

Just wanted to share the picture...
Bees Bearding Hive 2a.jpg
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Re: Bearding - Telescope Entrance

Postby ExpatBeekeeper » Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:13 pm

Thanks for sharing Chuck .... I love watching the interactions of the bees when they're bearding... I also like to use bearding frequency as a gauge as to how crowded any particular hive might be!
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