Bees are acting strangely

halletteJuly 4, 2008


I'm a novice at this but I think my bees are acting odd. Some of them won't go in at night and they are milling around but not going anywhere in or out. Sometimes I'll see groups of them on the ground during the day with their heads together like they're in a conference or something.

Could this be a sign of CCD?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If it's hot or the hive is crowded, bees will hang out outside. Are bees walking away from the hive? Are their wings deformed? Do you notice anything other than the fact that they are outside the hive?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2008 at 8:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Mine are doing the same. (Pacing, sort of, or just sitting on the landing board). It's pretty hot and sunny here so I'm assuming it's related to the heat.
At first I thought it was swarm related but I've added a second deep super so I hope that's not the case....?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 4:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
txbeeguy(z8 TX)

I agree with Tony, so far, sounds like pretty normal behavior for mid summer; just their way of keeping the hive cooled down a bit. The guard bees at the entrance will do inspections of incoming field foragers to make sure they belong to that hive and are not robbers bees trying to get a foothold.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 6:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

So on hot summer nights bees like to sit out on their front stoop. Interesting.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 2:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hello I am a novice too, but I have noticed very odd behaviour, the (bumble) bees in my garden are not leaving the plants they land on and just sitting there, if I go up close they just lift one leg up as I walk away they drop there leg? why are they not going anywhere? Is this normal because I have not seen this behaviour before.

p.s there are no hives in my garden

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 5:11AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Will Rosemary attract bees?
I am planning a small bed at my daughter's school and...
Bee identification
This large bee was attacking honeybees and bumblebees...
Who am I?
Anybody know what this is? Is it a carpenter bee?
mason bees
This is the first time for me on this forum (usually...
Bee Hive for Black Bees
We have a large bee hive that was created this summer...
Sponsored Products
Zuo Modern Asteroids Ceiling Lamp in Clear
Beyond Stores
Bee Attitudes´┐Ż Rectangular: 5 Ft. 4 In. x 7 Ft. 8 In. Kid Essentials - Early Chi
$255.95 | Bellacor
Mayfair Leaf & Bee Clock - INDIGO
$450.00 | Horchow
Foyer Pendant by Kichler
$1,045.00 | Lumens
Hinkley Mirage 10 1/4" High Nickel and Chrome Wall Sconce
Lamps Plus
Commercial Super Bounce and Slide Castle Inflatable - ST-1006B-COM
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™