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Wet day

Wet Hive

Wet day hive landing ramp. They didn’t appreciate it, but it stops them perishing upside down!

So, today ended up rather wet. The day started with nice warm weather with bees buzzing about busy collecting pollen. It is funny watching them come in to land, all laden, and try an aileron roll in through the hive entrance, to grab the underside of the frames. Kind of like Star Wars. Often the heavy ones miscalculate, and plop onto their backs, sliding in a most undignified manner (like crash retrieval in Battlestar Galactica), before scrambling back to their feet, then up into the comb.

Unfortunately, the Southerly change brought some cumulonimbus clouds across, and dumped water. I did not have the hive on a forward tilt, so their landing bay got very wet. the bees that landed on their backs didn’t crash slide in like before, they just stuck, pinned by surface tension to their wings. I thought about 2 dozen were dead, but they were all alive. I used a leaf and helped them back on their feet. Then I put a sheet of cardboard down to soak up the water and give some grip, but the new arrivals didn’t want to land on it. Sheesh.

I will have to remove it in the morning, and give the hive a little tilt forward. Don’t want the dears flooding now, do we.

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