Skip to main content


Showing posts from November, 2014

Observation Hive & Winter

I started keeping bees in my observation hive in the fall of 2013 and since then have learned a great deal about them. I have also learned the differences between keeping bee outside in a standard bee hive versus the observation hive. The elements outside play a huge part on outdoor colonies as where a observation hive is inside a structure such as a home or office where something like the temperature is controlled. Understanding these differences will help you maintain a observation hive.

Basic Understanding
Bees will begin to cluster around 55 degrees(F) this is where they form a ball around each other and food to keep each other warm. The bees on the outside of the cluster will work their flight muscles to generate heat. After a period of time the outside layer of bees will move towards the center of the cluster and a new group of bees will heat the cluster. This is how everyone stays warm.

During long cold periods bees may eat all of the food in the clustered area and be unable to…

How Honey Bees Communicate Part 1 Test

Did you know honey bees produce a pheromone when they swarm? These pheromones act as a chemical message to other bees. In this short series you will learn how honey bees communicate with each other. Learn about the different pheromone producing glands and when they are used.

Test yourself! At the end of this video you can take this short test to see how much information you learned.

 *Already watched video then START HERE*

Now if your ready, grab a sheet of paper and answer these questions. Lets see what you remember or maybe already knew.

1. When bees swarm they use which gland to keep them grouped together?

A. Tarsal
B. Venom
C. Nasonov
D. Nectar

2. The first stage of the Alarm pheromone comes from?

A. Venom Sac
B. Mandibular Gland
C. Pollen Basket
D. Fanning

3. The Nasonov gland is located on the bees _________.

A. Head
B. Wings
C. Butt
D. Feet

4. The population ratio of forager and nurse bees is controlled by ________?

A. Queen pheromone
B. Forager pheromone
C. Worker bees
D. Broo…

How Honeybees Communicate Test Answers

Well now it's time to see how you did. Here are the answers.

1. C
2. B
3. C
4. B
5. C