3 responses

  1. Emily
    December 23, 2013

    Interesting behaviour! At first I thought the butterfly might be just sunning itself, but there must be other sunny spots.

    • Phillip
      December 23, 2013

      The butterfly was attracted to the sweet smell of honey, maybe? Around the 38-second mark, it tries to get into the hive. At least it appears that way. But it’s wings gets in the way. Small white clumps of sugar scattered along the bottom board may have also done the trick.

  2. Chris H.
    December 26, 2013

    Hi Phillip, the butterfly is a Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). They hibernate in wood piles and emerge early in the spring to feed on tree sap seeps. The one at your hive was probably looking for something to eat. Thanks for the video.

    P.S. I caught my first swarm of bees this past July in Ontario. This is my first colony. I didn’t take any honey from them this year, but hopefully they will be a strong enough hive that I can harvest some next year. All the best.

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