Honey Bee Flight Patterns

THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE IT WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED.

This is another video that won’t interest many people except perhaps the truly dedicated honeybee enthusiast. I stuck my camera close to the entrance to Hive #1 today and pointed it up at the sky. I did this a few days ago too and was somewhat mesmerized by the flights patterns of the bees. At first it looked chaotic, but it didn’t take long to notice the bees coming in and leaving at certain angles and positions relative to the hive. The following video doesn’t capture that phenomena as well (the background has to consist entirely of blue sky to highlight the full scope of the flight patterns), but it’s still kind of interesting. I’ll try to get a full blue sky shot sometime before the winter sets in if I can.


THIS VIDEO IS BEST VIEWED IN THE 480p SETTING.

You might hear me working a jigsaw in parts of the video. I was out back building some insulated inner covers. (Slow motion kicks in at the 2:23 mark.)

UPDATE (Oct. 18/10): These aren’t the most exciting videos, but I’ll probably post more of them in the comments for my own records. It may be interesting to see how active the bees are on various dates and temperatures. Or it might be incredibly dull. We’ll see.

3 thoughts on “Honey Bee Flight Patterns

  1. Below is a 6-minute video of honeybees flying to and from Hive #1 on Oct. 16, 2010, when the temperature was around 14° C. The last 3 minutes are in slow-motion.

    Here’s a shorter “highlights” reel of the same video:

  2. From October 12, 2010. It’s easier to see the circular patterns of the flights in this brief footage. Could be orientating flights or just the bees stretching their wings.

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