Take Off and Landing
If you look at the photo of the hive you will see a small ledge just outside the entrance. This is the landing area. The entrance is small so the bees need a place to slow down so they don't fly into a wall when they enter. About five feet in front of each hive is a very busy flight and landing area just like an airport. As a beekeeper I can use this information to stay out of their way. When I am checking my bees I enter from the back of the hive so the bees don't have to fly around me to get back inside. The first time I checked on them I didn't know this. I stood in front of the hive with hundreds of bees buzzing all around me. They had to fly around my legs just to get home. Now, I do my best to not drive them crazy or get in their way. After all, they are doing all the hard work.
Here is a funny clip that shows just how busy the landing area can be.
VideoGeeks: Shot on Red Epic at 300fps.
4/14/2013 05:32:17 am
Totally interesting. You are a great teacher and problem solver. Glad you figured out about the backside of the hive.
4/26/2013 08:45:37 am
God made the bees. Amanda, do bees sting each other on the back or something? I was wondering. I know what bees make -- they make honey! I love you, Amanda. By Lijah. And love, Lijah. (I am 5 and a half, almost 6).
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Staring at the dancing bees in an observation hive, it hits me. I love how these tiny creatures communicate. It looks like they're having fun dancing around while telling their sisters where to find some nectar.
Amanda's Sting Count
2013- 6 stings