Summer here near Sydney Australia. Cool day and some intermittent storms this afternoon. I was trimming lawn edges and noticed a storm getting closer…then I noticed much increased bee activity at the hive entrance…see photos.
Ordinarily there would be about half a dozen bees leaving and arriving (5-6pm) at this time but on this occasion dozens of them started pouring out the front door and sat on the front of the hive. Dozens of others started flying in circles near the hive up to about house roof height. Also it seemed that a couple of bees on the entrance board were running in fast little circles, not sure if that means anything
Here they are zooming around near the hive…
The bee activity precluded stormy rain by about 15 minutes. When the rain hit they all went back inside the hive.
Is this normal pre-storm behaviour? Any comments on storms and bees appreciated.
FYI Our hive is only a few weeks old, first new workers should have hatched only a few days ago so it’s not bursting at the seams.
…and this shows the lawn edge…the edges take me ages so it’s nice that someone else might see them lol.