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Never seen this before.... Any ideas?

Hi everyone.
After months of pretty much no rainfall, the heavens have opened up in Sydney. We’ve had approaching 100mm in 24hrs.
Saw this today on the front of the hive. There is normal activity going on as well, (if you call flying in the rain normal) but there are these two groups of bees on the front, very wet and sluggish and all hanging off each other.
Did they not realise that they need to go inside when it rains? Never seen this behaviour before.
Any ideas?
Cheers
Ron


Yes, I’ve seen that at my hives and as in your photo a few bees die at the entrance. I wonder if they are bees that have no experience with rain before.
Good to read you are getting rain now and it can only be good for a nectar flow. I have had to feed my bees although the native bush was full of flowers there was no nectar in them till we started getting rain a few weeks ago and it has been regular and good rain since then. The creek at my back fence was bone dry for the past 15 months but now has some puddles in it, I have seen it a metre deep normally.
Cheers Ron

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Thanks Pete, weren’t enough bees to be too concerned, just curious.
They’re predicting a further 300 to 400mm over the weekend. Holy shit!
Still planning an excursion up your way in march.
My wife has bulging disks in her neck and may need surgery, so a lot will deepend on that. We’re going to the specialist on Tuesday so should know more after that.
Cheers
Ron

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Good luck for you wife, I would love to finally meet up with you two and a spare bed is available, heaps of thing to see and do on the Sunshine Coast and bring your suit along.
Cheers mate

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