I’m not set up for it.
I only was able to check on mine twice during our 92% partial outside of Seattle a few miles. As the sky darken to deep deep blue n quickly cooked my colonies seemed to cut back their foragers. All my camera gear was out in my front yard n busy. Wish I’d been able to record n confirm my colonies behavior. Bummer ! Gerald
Ours was a little over 70% eclipse. At it’s darkest (more like early morning light) more bee’s gathered on the landing board than normal and just a few did something like aerobatics before taking off. Nothing more than that. Now completely back to normal.
We had 75% and this is what they were doing …
A LOT more action than usual. I thought there was robbing going on.
Correlation is not causation
Tomorrow is an eclipse in the US. Interested if anyone in the path of totality - or close to it - sees interesting bee beehavior.
I am in about 75% coverage and will post the bee cam video.
Starting this topic so people think about watching their bees during the eclipse.
I saw a total eclipse once in South Australia- there were no bees around as I recall- but the birds sure freaked out. I kind of freaked out too- It was AMAZING. I envy you. I look forward to your video.
BTW: how far would you need to go to get 100% coverage? I only say this as it is really awesome when it is total. Partial eclipses are much less amazing. We drove over 1400 KM’s to get to totality… well worth it.
I would have had to drive 800 miles (1,300 KM).
And somebody has to be present to consult on all of that management stuff, right?
I would have been a lot further than that for me - we only had 57% here. Plus the west coast places were asking people not to travel, as there are wildfires and a lot of good spots were already full.
Here in AZ you could barely tell it happened. It went from blinding bright to just bright and then back again. I’m not even sure mine would’ve noticed.