Bee’s Cleaning

An unusual (for this year anyway) number of bees have been hanging around the entrance of White Hive for the last few days, and I finally went over to see what they were doing. They were washboarding, much like the bees at The Honeypotters’ blog! Here’s a link to one of her posts about it. http://honeypotters.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/not-so-zombie-bees-just-some-clean-freak-bees/

Why is that not hyper-linking? hmmm…

Anyway. The link on Honeypotters’ blog shows her bees washboarding. Her bees are only washboarding around their reduced entrance. Mine are currently washboarding across the entire length of the entrance, as well as down onto the sloping entrance landing pad. Its rather funny seeing about two dozen bees lined up in neat little rows licking the outside of the hive.

The other thing of note for the bees today is the smell of honey that has filled the air. I was watering a freshly-transplanted catmint and noticed the smell of honey. Some 10 feet up-wind of my hives. Thats some strong honey! There also seem to be more bees in the yard than usual. They’re all over this weird looking succulent ground cover. It’s got large (for its size) clusters of yellow flowers, which the honeybees seem to love for both their pollen and their nectar. There have also been a fair number of bumblebees on it constantly as well. The honeybees have been covering it en-mass though. There has been at least 1 bee for every 2 clusters on this succulent for the last week. I wish I knew what it was called, and that my camera was working so I could take a picture of it for you all. The bees have also been on the leaks, which bloomed last week but which the bees have only taken notice of in the last few days.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for you today!

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3 responses to “Bee’s Cleaning”

  1. The Honeypotters says :

    Thanks for the shout-out! Agreed, washboarding has got to be one of the cutest activities I have seen them do! I haven’t seen a large number of bees washboard since my Zombie Bees post. I wonder why the fluctuation. Do you think it has to do with their population?

    • willowbatel says :

      You’re the only other beekeeper I know who’s experienced washboarding, so I had to mention you!
      I would assume it has to do with the number of excess workers who either aren’t old enough to fly or just have absolutely nothing better to do. Because there’s no reason for them to need to clean the outside of the hive.

  2. Emma Sarah Tennant says :

    There are loads of bumblebees out here too all of a sudden. Must be making the most of the last few months of British summertime!

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