Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bee Tracking

I promise to muse on non-bee things too, but I'm consumed at the moment. My friend Doug, a couple of blocks away from my house, said he saw honeybees for the first time on his Hawthorne tree. I mentioned this to our bee mentor, Frank, and he replied, "you can carefully dab a bit of Whiteout on the thorax of one of those bees while she is sipping nectar there and time her round trips. If she returns in a couple of minutes, on average, she’s yours. You can also watch for her on the landing board [of the hive]."

How cool is that?


Kathleen said...

Like a teeny tiny sort of gps for bees.

Kathy said...

I can't imagine the bee holding still as I'm approaching with Whiteout brush.

Anonymous said...

This is really cool! Debbie