Holy bearding Batman!

Submitted by jimwcoleman

On this, the hottest day of the year thus far in the Pacific Northwest, with temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, it's just turned out to be too much for one of my bee hives. They are all hanging out on the front of the hive, in a behavior known as "bearding." It looks intimidating, but I can walk right up to the hive in a pair of shorts to take a picture. Once the temperature goes down, they will all go back inside like good little bees.

It is amazing how the hives differ from one another. None of my other hives are behaving this way. This hive has always been prone to bearding. Last year, it was a different hive that bearded frequently.

Photo of bees bearding

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