What are they waiting for?
A bee form of affection?
Peggy, in my mind (a sometimes dark place) I think that they're waiting for me to fix something. Something is wrong or they wouldn't be sitting still like that. Especially not in a place that isn't their home and isn't near the queen. I imagine that they're looking into the porch as a warning or an alert. Or maybe they know that the sugar water I feed them comes from inside this house. I also think that this is probably silly. But as far as I know, bees don't take naps or sleep....so why are they there?? It's things like this that make me an anxious beekeeper.Many, maybe most, beekeepers keep their hives in an outyard, a place remote from their homes, and they visit the hives occasionally to make sure all is OK. Maybe I should be that kind of beekeeper.That's very sweet Jen but I don't think "affection" is in their nature, unless you count the total devotion they feel towards their queen.
Do you have an extra bedroom?Maybe you could move then in with you and Doug . . . and the kitty cats.Seriously, the wasps I watched all summer dialed down at night. Maybe not sleeping exactly, but very still on the nest. Bees don't sleep? Wow.I notice that hornets often hang around the glass doors and lights, late in the summer. It makes me very nervous 'cause I got stung by a hornet once, on my thumb, and my hand and arm swelled up, all the way to my elbow.It sounds like you're doing everything possible, and right, for your honeybees.Have they ever figured out what was going on with the decline of the honeybee communities?
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