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Fanning

  • 07 Jan 2018 11:17 AM
    Message # 5665249
    I have been told that bees can air-condition their hives by fanning the entrance with energetic flapping of wings. I always assumed there would fanning on the inside of the hive, but had never seen it until yesterday when the temperature exceeded 40°C. I spotted fanning whilst peering into the hive through the ventilation holes. Presumably, the internal fanning boosts the airflow from the bees at the entrance? Also, I was wondering if anyone else has seen this behaviour inside his or her hive(s)? Moreover, I think that occasional fanning is to be expected and is not a sign of placing the hive in an excessively sunny or hot position?

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