Honey Bee observations INSIDE the Hive. Laying Hatching Grooming condensation

Honey Bee observations INSIDE the Hive. Laying Hatching Grooming condensation


so here we go we’re taking another look
inside this observation hive which is occupied by hygienic varroa resistant
bees and what you’re looking at here on this frame are eggs from the Queen and
we have a black background there and you notice that there’s eggs with no fluid
around them and then you’ll see that there are tiny worms which are the
larvae and they have fluid around them that is because the moment that those
eggs hatch a nurse bee will get right in there and fill that basin with royal
jelly and the amount of royal jelly that we’re seeing here shows us that this
hive is just doing extremely well they’re very healthy if you see that you
have larvae in the bottom of those cells and a very sparse amount of royal jelly
around them being your hive is probably not doing so well now what we’re showing
is often as early morning comes along the interior of your hive will have some
condensation in it a lot of people think that the entire interior space of the
hive is regulated by the colony and they dehydrate they heat it they cool it but
that’s not the case as you see here we have the population of the bees a little
higher up and you’ll see there’s a definite line where that condensation
follows this condensation is held down and below the brood frame and it’s
insulated by the bees so it’s really a cluster op and of course concentrate
their efforts on heating and protecting brood frame over everything else but
they certainly do not thermo regulate the entire interior of the hive
now what we’re looking at here is a pollen forager and this bee has brought
in little pouches of pollen on its hind legs and doing the waggle dance to
explain to the others exactly where it got the pollen and I want you to notice
something else about these bees when they bring in pollen you’ll never see
multicolored pollen packs on the bees hind legs and that is because they go
after a single pollen source during their foraging efforts other bees may
come in with different colored pollen but it is never mixed and they will put
it directly into pollen storage now what we’re looking at it are cells where the
pollen has been dropped off by the field Bee directly and these are pollen workers
inside the colony that do not go into the fields and what they’re doing is
they’re mixing that with some nectar and they’re sealing up these pollen stores
and it will actually ferment and if you sometimes open up your pollen frames and
you’re looking at it and it smells funny that’s because there is yeast and it is
fermenting and it does put off a scent in fact I’ve found that the bees
really go after consuming pollen it is about 48 hours old or they’ll take the
brand-new stuff as well in some cases they’ll just take old pollen seal it off
and not use them at all and you’ll see that out in the edges pollen of course
is the number one protein for the entire colony and it is used to raise brood so if you don’t raise honeybees and you
want to do something to support them provide pollen sources in your garden in
other areas now here we have the Queen she’s roaming around and she’s
inspecting cells and she is dead center here and she’s about to deposit an egg
here in this cell that she’s looking over now we have this discussion all the
time that Queens lay 1700 to 2000 eggs per day but I’d like to share that that’s
actually limited by the number of cells that are even available for her to lay
in in fact if she’s over productive the
bees will come along right behind her and consume the eggs that she deposits
if they feel they have enough or they’re running out of space if they run out of
space you can count on your colony swarming out soon but the Queen will lay
her body weight in eggs each and every day and that’s what’s going on here
she’s gonna find another cell and there she goes she’s gonna deposit another egg
and of course the eggs take about three days to hatch and then they are larval
while their eggs they don’t get fed as soon as they hatch the nurse bees will
get right in there and put some royal jelly now again we’re looking at the
hygienic aspect of these bees and there’s part of the observation hive
here where the field bees come in and they seem to pause it’s almost like a
car wash and they’re waiting for the hygienic groomers to show up as this
one is doing and they work over the field bees from head to toe they clean
underneath their wings they groom their abdomens their thorax and they even as
this one’s about to do get a little taste of the nectar that they’ve
gathered while they were out so it’s a very interesting behavior and also why
we’ve been unable to find any varroa in this colony we don’t treat for varroa if
we can’t find them so it’s very interesting hygienic varroa resistant
bees demonstrate this grooming behavior and they also will clean cells and
they’ll even remove a bee that’s developing in its pupa stage larva stage
capped and they’ll tear open the cap and remove the bee itself before it hatches
if they think something’s wrong now we’re just looking at a brood area
and these bees are ventilating it and they’re keeping the air moving over the
surface of the brood and you’ll notice that you can see the abdomen some of the
workers that are deep inside there which are continuing to feed that are royal
jelly to those developing larvae now what you’re seeing a little left of
center there is a drone that’s hatching out drones do not hatch themselves the
workers do it if you’ve ever seen a worker hatch she hatches herself out and
cleans her cell moves on and goes right into cleaning duties this drone as it
hatches out is just poking everyone for food there’s another one to the left of
it that is completely out as well and watch it a minute here and you’ll see he
pokes with his tongue the nurse bees and he’s demanding food all the drone does
is sit around consuming resources in the hive and wait for a Virgin Queen to mate
with now you may think that that sounds interesting but actually this time of
year we’re in November these drones have already been pulled out of the hive and
they have been ejected into the environment to die the workers do not
put up with drones through winter and they don’t want to feed them resources
that cannot be replenished so here’s an overview of the actual observation hive
again just a portion of it looking at the outside frames of an eight frame
observation hive and I hope you got something out of watching this video and I
appreciate it give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you’d like to see more like
this thank you

82 thoughts on “Honey Bee observations INSIDE the Hive. Laying Hatching Grooming condensation”

  1. Absolutely wonderful, thank you for creating and posting. I've noticed more condensation within our hives and I was worried. This put my mind at ease. Thank you!!

  2. Another great installment! One question I had for you is, what causes the difference in the color of honey? My thoughts are that it’s the type of feeding and frequency done versus non-fed hives with sugar water and supplements. My opinion is that people who feed more sugar water would tend to have lighter color honey? What would your opinion be? Thanks for the great post I really enjoy your work.

  3. Great view! I have reduced the amount of condensation on the glass of my observation hive by covering it with insulation panel when I am not "watching" in the winter.. (mainly so I can see better )

  4. Excellent Excellent, did I mention Excellent! Always great Mr Dunn you truly are peerless! I know that I will always learn something when I watch your videos! COOL!!

  5. I shared this video with my bee club members in mid-MD. It contains excellent shots of common, but seldom seen bee activity. I also did not know that drones do not chew themselves out of their cells when emerging – the need the workers to do that for them! BTW, I am looking for a weather station. In an earlier video you made mention of one that you used. What is the model of the one you use? I would like to check it out.

  6. Excellent video, thanks! I have one Hive I placed in my Greenhouse for the winter as an experiment. Pull up a chair and get lost for hours watching them!

  7. Fred; Love your videos, best on YouTube. Please explain; I thought royal jelly was fed only to larvae for the production of queens, the workers fed with another product usually called "bee bread"

  8. Very curious about introducing a hygienic queen into an already established hive (minus the queen). Can a queen manage to produce enough hygienic workers in a season, from this established hive, or would the keeper need to treat for mites before introduction into a non-hygienic hive. Really interested in trying to establish a hygienic apiary, but not sure how to go about it, given I have a couple of healthy hive that are not-mite resistant.

  9. Eve Frederic, I was wondering if your still happy with your beeweaver queens. I have been searching for a source for hygienic queens and ran across your video. I read the caption where you bought your queens from beeweaver bees. My main question is, have you had varroa problems at all with the queens you got from them? Thanks for the great video's.

  10. Dear Sir, could you please see my queen bee here: https://youtu.be/ZiZmABRwqvs

    I wonder what is she doing out of the hive? Thank you in advance.

  11. Would you recommend me a good book on the daily life of bees? I am a first year bee keeper and have lots of how to books. But want a book about the life of bees.

  12. Dude this video is awesome! So interesting, I never realized how complex bees and bee colonies can be!

  13. These videos are absolutely fantastic. Beautifully filmed, and so very informative. Thanks for these videos.

  14. Hi i watch your videos and mt son he wants to start having honey bees and i would like to get a nuc can you sale me one of does hygienic one's?

  15. Frederick, may the creator of the universe pour out blessings upon you for making this knowledge available!!!!! Rarely is this old man impressed and thrilled, but this did.

  16. Hi Fred, great video! I just saw another video about artificial insemination of a queen. I cant' help myself, how does one get the required material from a drone, why would someone think all that machinery is needed to inseminate a queen and isn't it better to do let nature take it's normal course especially if there are so many drones to be had?

  17. Fascinating. I love bees. I am teaching my grandson to appreciate and respect bees as well. Bees are important.

  18. So beautiful to see the honeybees up close and learn about their magical and wise behaviours, thank you x

  19. could someone help me with advice on how to safely move a bees nest without killing it https://youtu.be/EExJ138HXnY

  20. Have you considers with your next observation hive, using the Plexiglas with pre-drawn comb so that you might be able to observe the inside of the combs as they develop?

  21. Let me refix your facts. Well the royal jelly only goes to female borns while they are larva. Other workers or regular bees just have a regular diet bec of them not laying eggs or not females. The females consume the royal jelly because its for the new queen. If the current queen is alive it'll kill the ones in process or if they leave hive other queens need to be brought to stable the hive. If multiple queens is born at once or is alive they have a fight to the death or if the bees don't agree with the queen they'll kill the queen or make it leave. Your facts was wrong about that and I'm coming a way to fix that.

  22. Watched, fascinated, subscribed. I would love to get a hive. There's a guy where I live who wants to place hives in every postcode in our state, particularly the urban area. He sets up and maintains things, and you get 10% of the honey. A pretty good deal I think. And the bees proliferate!

  23. Fact: royal jelly is exclusively for queen rearing the run of the mill worker bees gets food but it is very different than "royal Jelly" Great job nice video.

  24. Excellent work Sir. Aside from on the job training, I feel you're catching me up on very valuable information. I will be beginning this craft soon, and the basic principles are coming into focus rather quickly, via the information you've provided. I'm sure as I progress deeper into beekeeping, I will benefit in even more detail through the knowledge you're sharing. Thank you kindly

  25. Just opened one of my hives and noticed no brood….:( So ordered a new Weaver Queen….Thank you again Fred…Ron Adelman

  26. Hmm i thought only potential queen larva got royal jelly… now i gotta find out if ive been wrong this entire time haha i love bees. Her little figure 8 dance must mean pollen is over 100 meters away.

    Oh and i dont think they "thinks somethings wrong" imo they know somethings wrong.

  27. Oh my jeepers 4:48 gave me a damn heart attack 😂😂 my 6 yrold daughter is outback swimming with my husband and i heard that rooster in my headphones and thought it was her screaming lol scared me to death.

  28. Where can you find this hygienic strain of bees? I have 3 colonies currently. Two Carniolan and one an Italian hybrid. Been fighting mites this summer in 2019.

  29. Amazing footages!! I knew that bees were highly social animals, but I didn’t know that their social structure was this complex. I learned so many things from just this video alone, including how they ferment the pollen with yeast. No wonder they call them bee bread!
    Thank you so much for this incredible video!

  30. W0W ~ JUST W0W! Thank You for your Great Video and Info above! – made me forget my question. lol – I'll be back ~ Cheers!

  31. I loved this video. You almost have to feel some sympathy for the drones until I remembered I had to do the same to my ex husband because he was similarly useful. 😂

  32. I never knew what a drone bee's function was but I do now, thanks you taught me something new today. I appreciate you.

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