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Bees vs. Spiders

 
Sam Barber
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Daniel Kern
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Nice video! I know that honeybees can communicate with a complex system of pheromones

Honey bee pheromones

The alarm pheromone will alert the rest of the hive that there is trouble, and it is not much fun to be around a hive when the alarm is sent out.

Although it seems that there is a lot less known about bumblebees but I would suspect that it is a similar thing.

from bumblebee.org "The method of communication is a pheromone (a chemical substance secreted by one animal which influences the behaviour of other animals), however it seems only to encourage other workers to go out to forage; there does not seem to be any other information conveyed by the pheromone. The pheromone contains eucalyptol, farnesol and ocimene, and has been produced artificially. The release of this compound, for short periods at regular intervals, increased foraging traffic 3 fold. This could be used commercially in greenhouses to induce workers in nest newly introduces to the greenhouse to go out and pollinate the crop by gathering pollen. This is especially useful in crops which produce no nectar such as tomatoes. "
 
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I've been seeing some spider webs around my hive and I have been clearing them out, especially when I see a bee struggling. The last few times I've opened the shutter over my window there has been a big ugly black spider hanging around. I use something other than my finger to open it now.

What do other people do when they see spiders around their hives?
 
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You may have expanded your hive too quickly. What kind of hive are you using?
 
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I have a Perone hive populated with a NUC. I haven't done anything to it since I put the NUC in.
 
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Here's the real scoop on that video.
 
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well. I don't know too much about that hive. but it does look big. if your colony is strong there is nothing to worry about, and if it is not then soon you will need to get some more bees. my only advice is to grow your hive slowly in order to allow for the growth of a large and resilient hive.
 
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