[nafex] Bee Habits

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Thu May 10 15:01:32 EDT 2001


Dumb question...

How do bees navigate away from the hive, and then return to

I know that they do a dance in the hive which tells other
bees where nectar can be found, which I believe has to do
with the position of the sun in the sky.

But would the bees you hand carried to the plants be "lost"
and not know the way back to the hive?

Since hives are moved around to pollinate crops, the bees
must have some means of remembering where the hive is on a
daily basis.

Hopefully, a bee expert will be able to reveal how dumb this
question is.


"Raby, Brian {20-4~Indianapolis}" wrote:

>  Don,We keep about 5 hives ourselves (my wife being the
> bee keeper), and she suggested that she collect some bees
> from the hive and place them on the strawberry plants to
> sort of wake them up to the fact that there is a nectar
> source nearby.  Did you ever try to do that with your
> bees,  kind of hand hold them over to a food source?
> Anyway, either the strawberries are self-fertile or other
> flying objects are doing the pollinating, but I'm going to
> have a full crop this year.Brian
>      -----Original Message-----
>      From: Don Yellman
>      [mailto:dyellman at earthlink.net]
>      Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 12:58 PM
>      To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>      Subject: [nafex] Bee Habits
>      Brian:
>           I have kept bees for over 20 years, and
>      have learned this about
>      them: each bee only works one type of flower at
>      a time.  Your bee kept
>      returning to the dandelion because she had been
>      assigned to dandelions.
>          That said, my bees have never been too
>      gung-ho for strawberries.
>      What pollination takes place on strawberries
>      seems to be done by
>      smaller, feral insects.  They must not have much
>      nectar or other
>      attraction for classic bees.  Even so, I have
>      never noticed that
>      strawberries fail to set due to lack of
>      pollination, so they may be, to
>      some extent, self-fertile, or they benefit from
>      some air pollination.
>      Rgds, Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA
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Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
Hardiness Zone 6a

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