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  Monday, 14 September 2015
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Yesterday I extracted and about 6:00 pm I finished up . I opened the garage door to put the basket of my extractor outside and I noticed a couple of bees buzzing around. I set the basket on a board under the eaves and as you can imagine within minutes there was an army there. It was raining quite heavily off and on but that didn't stop them. As the light faded they were still at it and only when it was dark did they finally give up. It started raining heavily so I moved the basket out into the rain so it could get washed off overnight. I went out this morning at 6:30 to retrieve the basket and they were already back. The rain had washed the basket clean but there were a dozen bees in the area looking for anything they missed. I took the basket but I felt bad so I found a jar that had capping scraps and honey in it and put it out and they were happily cleaning up when I left for work. What amazed me though is how they remembered overnight where the honey location was. I can certainly imagine them finding a spot and dancing and having other bees go there but in this case it was cool and showery and just barely light out and they seem to have remembered the dry location with honey overnight and returned there as soon as they could. I wonder what else they remember?
7 years ago
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#1659
I'm convinced they remember me as well. For a few days after a hive inspection (and after my last honey extraction), there'll be a few bees which will come after me in my back yard regardless of whether I'm a good distance away from the hive. This behavior I've also noticed in the FRONT of my house...away from the hive. The rest of my family doesn't get this same treatment...just me. I'm convinced that they remember my personal smell as a threat a few days after any hive inspection, and will go into protective mode as a response. After 3-4 days they tend to lose interest, and I can literally hang out a few feet from the hive entrance without issue. Maybe this is due to the death of the (flying) bees which were there to witness the event (due to their 2-week flying lifespan), and their subsequent replacement with new fliers.
7 years ago
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#1658
Well I didn't put the extractor in the apiary. That is on the other side of the house and down the hill. They basically had to fly up over the house or around to get to it - no straight line of sight. It seemed to work out OK. When I checked at lunch time they had cleaned everything I had left out and there was only one bee there looking around - the rest had moved on. :)
7 years ago
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#1657
I think they remember my face. After I stole all their honey, They came after me anytime I went near the bee yard. On the same topic, I was told that if you have more than one hive. You shouldn't put tools in the yard for clean up other than putting wet frame back on the hives, because it can cause a feeding frenzy. Which can lead to fighting and robbing. It seemed to work for you.
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