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First, a walk around to look at the bird feeders to get an idea where the bees are. Then a plan to get the bees off the feeders and onto a lunch tray!
Temporal range: Oligocene–Recent
|European honey bee carrying nectar back to the hive, with pollen attached|
Colony collapse disorder (CCD)[edit source | edit]
Communication[edit source | edit]
Lunch is Served! Refreshing Sugar Water Du Jour!
In the post 2 days ago, we looked at the definition of Swarming behavior from the Wikipedia page (see post). Anyway, the following quote was made:
After several hours and sometimes days, slowly a favorite location emerges from this decision making process. In order for a decision to be made in a relatively short amount of time (the swarm can only survive for about 3 days with the honey they gorged themselves with before leaving the hive), a decision will often be made when somewhere around 80% of the scouts have agreed upon a single location. When that happens, the whole cluster takes off and flies to it. A swarm may fly a kilometer or more to the scouted location.
I would like to suggest that perhaps the 3 day limit is just limited thinking. The bees can go much longer and much further by following the hummingbirds on migration. This is a learned behavior as humans have not always put up the nectar feeders. Now we do.
Also, depending on the time the Colony Collapse occurs and if no dead bodies are found, maybe they just all leave. If this year is the same as the past 5, the bees will be here until October with the Hummers. Again, I am no Scientist, only throwing out ideas for consideration in observations and photodocumentations for 5 years.
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! (Serving lunch again tomorrow for the bees and birds!)