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  • Behavioral Bee Question

    I think I figured it out but it was weird and so I'll ask. Tuesday, as I was leaving Tractor Supply, I spotted a number of bees swarming an SUV. They weren't at all aggressive - people were walking by safely. Bees aren't usually aggressive when following a queen to a new hive so I suspected at first that she was in the SUV somewhere. The poor guy came out and didn't quite know what to do - but he'd already walked into the middle of them so I assured him that as long as he didn't do anything to harass them - or kill one - they'd leave him alone (I know, but I couldn't do it - it's the grammar nazi in me... ) He got in on the other side and then drove off. The bees stayed put.

    Hmm, so she's nearby. The pylons in front of the parking place, maybe?

    Another truck arrived and I warned the lady in it that the bees were there (I'd already told the folks in Tractor Supply - parking lots are bad places for bees to be. Parking lots in front of Dollar General next to Tractor Supply are worse - kids and bees are a bad combo when the kids aren't used to them). She got back in and moved it. A few followed a short distance - and promptly became enamored of a gray car nearby. They eventually lost interest and came back. That happened a time or two more.

    There weren't many bees - compared to a normal swarm they were a handful. It finally dawned on me that they were looking for the swarm itself. How they got misplaced, I'm not sure - you'd think a driver would notice a full swarm of freaking bees! (Well, especially if they were really freaking but that's another story)

    At least that's what I think. Other possibilities?

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    I don't know anything about bees but I wanted to point out that this thread should have been called 'Bee-havioural Question,' that is all
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      I for one do not have an answer. There are some possibilities, but . . .
      Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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        I have seen swarming bees many times - but never so few and never so committed to an area where no queen was evident.

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        • #5
          Perhaps the swarm was on a previous vehicle which drove off. The handful of scouts would be completely at sea.
          Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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            That was my theory - but how do you not notice an active swarm in your car?

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              Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
              That was my theory - but how do you not notice an active swarm in your car?
              Maybe it was more like a semi?

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                Originally posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
                Maybe it was more like a semi?
                No, that couldn't have parked so close to the door - it's not physically possible. Good thought, though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
                  That was my theory - but how do you not notice an active swarm in your car?
                  Wheel wells are not an uncommon place for a swarm.
                  Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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