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Bees outside at night


So i have noticed that my bees like to hang out around the entrance on the outside of my hive during the night. I had an entrance reducer in that had an inch opening. Today I switched it to the 4 inch opening and they still cover the opening like they did with the 1 inch in place. Is this normal?



Very normal on a warm night


Do you have a light shining on the hive? If so, they will often investigate. You may even find dead bees under the light.


I thinks its normal. I often pop out on our rooftop at night to kill the slugs that are attacking my bee friendly plants.

I put a small light on. Its quite funny because there are probably over 20k of bees in the hive and one bee will pop out on the landing board to see whats going on. I assume she is on security duty and just letting me know they are on guard.


I was concerned as well with mine. Here is no entrance reducer at all.

I was concerned as well with mine. Here is no entrance reducer at all. https://ride.smugmug.com/Honey-Bees/Untitled-Project-13/i-FtNL76W/A

This was taken about 4 AM


I’d like to know specifics like temperature when pics were taken. Up here in alaska its 40F at night or lower still and they never come out.


in my photo that morning it was 62° but looking at my flir camera. other morning with the girls hanging out like in the photo it was 54°.


@Beast9156, the temp outside was right around 60. In the morning it was 50ish and either they had gone inside or were out and about already as there wasn’t many outside.


This was last night, when it was around 75-80 outside.

9:30 PM about 80ish

10:30 PM about 75

@Martydallas I know you probably answered this before, but where did you get your camera?


Just hangin’ out on the porch!


The thermal imaging camera? It’s Made by Flir mine is for my iPhone you can buy it at an Apple store or online. They do make an android one as well. about $250


Amazon had the FLIR on sale just before Prime day for $170 USD. I should have jumped on it,…instead I’m back to watching for another flash sale or waiting till cyber monday rolls around.


They come out mainly because it is hot inside the hive. I don’t see them come out and beard in Virginia until it is about 70 degrees.


I live in a tropical climate zone in India and my bee are out at night at the hive gate mostly its due to the heat!!


girls out at 10pm and only 15 heat so not hot, hive was split last week so not sure what’s going on?