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Bee Beard

Whew! Has it been hot lately! Temperatures have been in the triple digits for several days running with more on the way. Today saw it hit 107 degrees F. The interior temperature of a bee hive has to be maintained at 92 to 94 degrees in order to prevent a comb meltdown and death of the immature bees. Once temperatures get over 100 degrees, worker bees become busy collecting water. The water is spread by droplets and the worker bees fan with their wings to ventilate and cool the hive. Older bees can sometimes be found outside the hive where they form a bee beard until the heat relents. The Queen and immatures remain inside in nature’s air conditioned environment.

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Taken on June 19, 2012