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Old 03-31-2013, 04:59 PM   #41
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Actually there are many reasons they will "fan", in this case what I was looking for and trying to describe was "queen fanning". The difference to the observer is that distinctive tail-in-the-air posture, and if you are paying particularly close attention the direction they are pointing. Queen fanning is done in order to circulate pheromones so that the rest of the swarm can locate where the queen is. In the one video of the bunch that fell onto the roof of the truck I am trying see if any of them are "queen fanning", but I only found one doing so- the one I was trying to focus in on. She stopped. Had the queen fallen down there she would have quickly been joined by dozens or hundreds more doing the same thing.

When they are fanning to cool the hive down they are in a relaxed posture and just madly fanning their wings with their tails pointed into the hive, pushing air inside. If there are and vents open at the top there will be more bees up there, but they will be facing into the hive and directing the airflow outwards.
Very interesting. Thanks for that info. Good explanation of the different kinds of fanning and why.




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LOL! I will have to add that to my resume for my voice work! I have it described as a deep baritone/bass, etc., Have to make that a "sexy baritone/bass"!

(I wish more women told me that!)
I'm surprised more women don't. Perhaps they aren't as crass as I am.
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Very interesting. Thanks for that info. Good explanation of the different kinds of fanning and why.






I'm surprised more women don't. Perhaps they aren't as crass as I am.
Did you notice that the word "crass" has a four-letter word in it?

LOL! I wish I met more women like you Winds!
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Did you notice that the word "crass" has a four-letter word in it?
I don't get it.................
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Remove the cr and you are left with ass.
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I was being crass.

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I'm planning on starting a hive this Spring. Or whenever it warms up.

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But that's not a 4 letter word.
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But that's not a 4 letter word.
Well, I was trying to be cute. And crass.
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I'm planning on starting a hive this Spring. Or whenever it warms up.
Well, you had better get started. You need to have all of your equipment set up and ready to populate when they start swarming (if that is how you will be populating your hive). If you are going to be getting a package or a nuc you need to find out when they will be available, and have everything ready to go when they are. Seriously, you need to get cracking now.
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A guy that lives nearby says he will help me get started. Maybe I should give him a call tomorrow.

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