After getting started on my field work in late March, the last month has yielded a frustrating lack of nice weather. Bees are like people; they don’t like being cold, and they don’t like getting rained on. Unfortunately, Boston has been giving us plenty of both these last few weekends. The one weekend it was nice enough go out, I was out of town. Just my luck…
At last, we have a nice weekend! High of 67°, sunny, and 0% chance of precipitation. Just the way bees like it. Pretty much the way I like it, too.
Now the fun part of the story. I have a ballroom dance competition this weekend. I danced yesterday (Saturday) morning, and I will be dancing again this evening at about 5pm. Which is all fine and good; I can just head out to the Arboretum, set out the bowl traps, net for a few hours, and head home and to the competition (it’s at MIT, so not far). Which is exactly what I’m doing. The catch? Hairstyles for ballroom competitions can be very intricate, which means that if your competition spans two days, you are not about to redo your hair for the second day. So, today, I am going to catch bees at the Arnold Arboretum with a lot of rhinestones glued to my hair. It’s going to be hilarious.
brian farrell said:
Wonderful Georgia! Of course, we must have photos…!
Kevin McCullagh said:
What good is knowledge if you dont share it,so i wanted to talk first a little about wasps and why they always choose to build there hives directly over water veins and Harvard has no shortage of water veins on Campus.Ants also build there nests on water veins,depending on the rate of flow of a given vein will in theory produce more energy above ground which in turn makes these creatures healthier and stronger and in the case of the bees will produce vaster quantities of honey,so even on the roof tops of Harvard you will find many cross sections where two veins meet,this produces a vortice energy field.,you will have to test this in your own experience.so i suggest the bee keepers to put up a add on the notice board on Campus.Dowser required.Dowsers tend to keep tight lipped about this interest,however i am sure at least one exist within campus who has a knowledge on the subject.suggested reading on the subject.The Divining Mind by Christopher Bird
Another very interesting study on the bees is taking an unheathy hive or low producing hive and returning it to a healthy hive.This is done by recording the interior of a live healthy hive,by placing a Omni-directional microphone in its interior,the Bees are fine with this as it has being tried and tested and in theory a language exist within the vibratory field of the wing flappings.when the recording is played back to the hives you get very healthy Bees.As i mentioned before,you will have to test this in your own experience.If it is possibe always try to place a hive on the centre of a cross section.