Saturday, January 19, 2013

Anatomy Of A Bee Party

Bees hunker down for the winter and survive in amazingly cold climates.  Around Kentucky, a warm spell in the middle of winter isn't unheard of though, so I keep a bottle of honey on hand for those days when the temperature reaches 50 degrees and I know Stella's bees will be out an about.


First one bee will show up, scouting around, basically knocking on my door.  That's my cue to pour out a little honey.


A second bee shows up.  They go back and tell their sisters and...


...more bees show up.


And what we've got here is a full blown bee party!


Bellying up to the bar.


Or gathering around a puddle.


Happy bees.


And never fear, they clean up after themselves quite well.


Every last drip.


And as the sun starts to set and the temperature drops, they all head back home.

19 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Neat photos and video. I love watching bees, and for the most part they are too busy to bother we humans.

Spinners End Farm said...

How fun! It would be hard to get much work done with a bee party going on.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a great video and thing to do! I've no doubt the bees enjoy 'eating out' for a change!

I hope little Maisie continues to feel better!

Lori Skoog said...

Great photos Sara.

Terry and Linda said...

What a neat video. I have some wild bees, I think I'm going to give them a bee party when we warm up better.

Linda
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Tombstone Livestock said...

Funny picture with the jar and chain of bees hanging on to each other.

gowestferalwoman said...

I would like to do this but since I have had only two birds all month come to my bird feeder, something tells me that my porch steps would be sticky...for a long time...

so i will live through your pictures :)

Maureen said...

Cool photos and video! When it started playing, my cat Tawnee was fascinated, watching the bees swarm...

Alice said...

How thoughtful of you to bee-friend the bees with a royal honey banquet. Great capture, Sara!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

great bee shots!

Suz said...

you are such a kind woman
...bless you

Terry said...

Holy cow!
If I see a bee this winter, I will try that. :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Completely amazing!!
I've always wanted to have bee hive!! This makes me want them more!!

Shirley said...

Who knew you could get bees to come out of their hives in winter- are these wild bees then?

Jenny Glen said...

PLEASE don't ever do this when I am visiting! It will scare the BEEjesus out of me! There were so many!

small farm girl said...

As much as I like what bees do and I find them very intetesting, they still creep me out. Lol. But this is coming from a person who would kill herself to get away from a spider. :D

MarmePurl said...

Party On...

thecrazysheeplady said...

Bees are fastidious hive keepers and use these warm days to fly out and go to the bathroom, clean out any bees who may have died and if they get lucky find a little treat to eat. And who knows, there may be pollen sources or something out there that we don't know about. I think most of those bees came from Stella's but there are a couple slightly different looking bees in some of those pictures and maybe they are wild?

Far Side of Fifty said...

I watched..not sure it was a good idea. I disturbed a hive once when I was about three years old..I was covered in bees..so I didn't like the buzzing very much. I have a healthy respect for bees and their hives. It is way too cold up here..bee people send their bees out to California for the winter:)

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