Bees Cooling the Hive (Video)

One of the first things I noticed about our honeybees is how they line up in front of the hive, hold their ground and beat their wings to cool the hive (detailed photos). (I assume that’s what they’re up to.) I usually see 3 or 4 bees in a row, but today I saw about 6 of them forming one long line from the edge of the bottom board going right into the hive. I suppose you have to hang around bees for while to get excited about this. At any rate, I grabbed the camera and managed to record about a minute of it. The line wasn’t as straight and unbroken by the time I hit the RECORD button, but still, bees are cool…


UPDATE (Jan. 24/11): They are ventilating the hive either to help regulate the temperature inside the hive so the developing brood don’t overheat, or they’re trying to create an air current to evaporate nectar into honey, or both. They’re also likely releasing the Nasonov pheromone which helps foraging bees orient themselves to the hive.

3 thoughts on “Bees Cooling the Hive (Video)

  1. The bees are fanning to remove the moisture content from the syrup and /or nectar – making honey….cells will be sealed with wax when moisture content less than 20%.

  2. Thanks Donna. At the time, I didn’t really know what they were up to. But I’ve learned a lot since then. I’m looking forward to watching my bees in the spring — now that I understand most of what they’re doing. I won’t be so worried like I was.

  3. This reminds me, I need to update many of my old posts from this past year where I talk about some bee behaviour I didn’t understand. I understand a lot more now.

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