Clumping Bees

I went to check on my bees today and noticed that they started to clump up around the front of the hive and started to clump up around the corner. We thought it might be because it was hot today but they are in the shade right now and it’s not really all that hot at the moment. It’s really cool looking but we don’t know what it is. If anyone knows what it is please leave a comment or two.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. This behavior is called bearding. You will see it most often in the late afternoon-evening. The bees are hanging out on the porch, cooling off, and letting the hive cool off. It is normal behaviour. Adding a screen bottom board, instead of the solid one gives more ventilations as well as offsetting the 2nd honey supper about 3/4 of an inch. But even so, there will always be some that hang out in the evening, especially when the hive is doing well.


  2. Posted by Danny on July 28, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Thanks for the comment.

    It’s good to know that my bees aren’t going to die or go swarm or something.


  3. Posted by Squeegee on July 28, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Your bees are fascinating. What a cool hobby!


  4. Posted by Ben Berrell on February 11, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    I wonder can you help me. I live in Perth Western Australia and for awhile now I have noticed that the bees just keep on visiting the plant pots of plants and seem to gather in groups of about 20 in each plant pot and just sit on the soil (potting mix). Just wondered what’s happening.


    • Okay, so you say they just sit their on the soil? How long do they normally stay there? Also, how hot does it get in Perth? There are a couple different things that could be happening. They could just be super hot, and want to cool off. Or there might be something in the potting mix that they want. My last question, how many groups are there? They could be swarming. If you can give me some more info that would be great. It would be even better if you could send me a picture.


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