B r e a k f a s t W i t h T h e B e e s

A sharing on the Birth, and Life

of a Honey Bee Colony at Grass Lake Sanctuary, grasslakesanctuary.org

Manchester, Michigan

Friday, October 14, 2011

September 29th: Signals, Jobs, and Purpose

Here is a video of one bee - just inside the hive entrance clearly sending out a signal - she seemed upset? The energy of her signal felt intense - it was leaving me feeling a bit anxious.   This behavior seemed very purposeful, like many, if not all of their jobs, yet looked and sounded unlike any behavior  I had seen before.  Maybe she was just calling everyone in for dinner?  Or giving direction to the best nectar source?  But I decided to give them back their privacy, close up the observation window, and leave for the day.
 In the freeze frame of the video clip below - her's is the shiny rear end facing out of the hive - just above the play arrow:

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