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7/15/2010

Update from Fred

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees' progress:

We're in the second leg of the season for the honeybees. They've survived the cool Spring weather and are now facing hot Summer months. They seem to have made themselves at home and have produced some honey. We're keeping a close eye on them, the queens and the weather!

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7/14/2010

To Swarm or not to Swarm

A swarm of bees is a rare occurrence. When the bees lose their home, or feel they have to leave, they gather around their queen in a clump and await the return of scout bees who are looking for a new spot. An interesting fact is that the bees are at their most docile in a swarm as they have no home to protect.

Surprising but true.

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6/28/2010

The Cuddle Death

A technique used by bees when threatened by an intruding insect (a hornet, for example) into their hives is "balling." They surround the offender in a soft ball of bees, their body heat smothering the enemy effectively. This also occurs when when the hive wishes to rid itself of an old queen. It's referred to as "balling the queen" or the "cuddle death."

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001

 

 

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