News Item: Play flights
(Category: Our bees)
Posted by sally
Tuesday 06 May 2008 - 22:12:42

I could probably watch them all day - in fact I did most of yesterday.  When the young bees emerge from the hive they have to orient themselves and do this strange backward flight out from the hive and keep returning to the entrance and start out again backwards at different angles.  There is such a playful sound too - probably just the density of bees in the close-by area but it really does sound like excitement.

I'm really starting to notice other bees too.  All manner of bees seem to have taken up residence in the grass or the stone wall around the behive or are simply visiting the garden flora.  They've probably been setting up home there for years but this year, they've certainly got my attention.


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