Honeybees know things. Like when it’s going to rain. Or when the weather will begin to change to cooler temperatures long before it begins to change. They know which plants to visit and how often. How do we know these things about honeybees and why does it matter? Take a look at these things and think about how YOU get your information.
While we watch weather radars, honeybees do not. Or at least, not the way we do. Honeybees rely on pollen so when it’s going to rain, they work harder to store up. This allows them to prepare in the event they are unable to gather food. Pretty smart huh?
Honeybees seem to respond to changes in the humidity and barometric pressure. Scientists have observed that a day or two before a rain, honeybee workers spent more time outside the hives and returned later in the evening to the hive. The interesting part of this is that honeybees are a foraging species. They really shouldn’t need to work harder for a day or two since they are already given to foraging. Yet, the patterns are there.
Something to note as well; on a rainy day, it isn’t the rain itself that will keep them inside the hive. If you have ever noticed a sprinkler in your yard, you will notice that honeybees will continue to work undisturbed, even if the water sprays the flowers where they land. Yet, when the atmospheric systems change, they change as well.
Honeybees are limited in their ability to view certain colors. Because they are unable to see the color red, they are attracted to violets, yellows and other colors in that spectrum. In addition, they use their smell to locate flowers for feeding.
A honeybee has sense receptors that can detect the floral essence even against the wind, which allows them to fly toward a given plant. If this were not true, they would be flying around in circles every time the wind blew!
Between the colors and scents of a given flower, a honeybee receives a specific “scent” that allows it to locate the flower. Honeybees do not move from flower to flower throughout the day. They will work a flower until all nectar is exhausted. This is efficient work for the bee.
You have heard the term “busy as a bee”? Bees are truly busy and they are efficient and honeybees are absolutely no exception. This spring, as you venture outdoors, be sure to take a closer look at the honeybees in your area. Watch how they work. Constantly moving and gathering so that the hive has everything it needs to survive.
At Atlanta’s Hometown Honey, we are proud to offer 100% pure, local, raw honey. Our honeybee hives are located here in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area. Check out our online store to order some of our honey or honey made products. We are also active in the community at events and local farmer’s markets. Our calendar has a wide array of places you can find us “buzzing” around.
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