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Drone Congregation Areas

January 31, 2013 | Bee Havior

By Tom Webster, PhD Editor’s Note: Dr. Tom Webster spoke about the fascinating concept of Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs) at Kelley’s Field Day, on June 2, of 2012. He gave us permission to share the hand-out he provided, covering both fundamentals and amazing insights into this Read more >

What Goes On Inside a Winter Hive?

December 26, 2012 | Bee Havior

By Kent, Master Beekeeper In cold weather, honeybees, one of the few insects who survive winter as a hive, cluster in a well-defined manner to keep warm. A cluster begins with an interior temperature in the mid-fifties, and contracts and expands as the temperature falls and rises. But, how does this Read more >

Bees Can’t Fly!

December 26, 2012 | Bee Havior

By Ol’ Drone French entomologists studied and calculated the aerodynamics of honeybee flight in 1934 and concluded that it was impossible for a bee to fly. No one bothered to tell the bees, however and therefore they continued flying as they have done since 40 million years ago. Bees, as we know them, Read more >

Do Honeybees Bite?

November 30, 2012 | Bee Havior

By Ol’ Drone A frequently asked question at any honeybee exhibit and demonstration is “do the bees ever bite you, mister?” I’ve always enjoyed joking with the visitor by telling him—“no they don’t bite but bees use the other end and can sting you!” Now we have the truth! Recently released Read more >