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Bee hive entrances

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#1 Payo

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Posted 05 November 2020 - 22:34

Honeybees collect a substance called propolis - a kind of resinous glue - from trees. This substance has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that seem to help bees keep the inside of their nests sterile.

Bees also use propolis to seal up the entrances to their nests.

I was wondering if anyone here had taken UV photos of the exterior of a bee hive to show what a bees would see as they approach their home.

UV photos of the inside of bee hives would also be very interesting for beekeepers to study.

For example this information might influence how beekeepers paint and clean their hives.

#2 Andrea B.

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 20:17

Thank you for the inquiry, Payo.

I do not know of any bee hive photos posted here on UVP. But perhaps some other member has something to offer.

From what I have read, bees use their ultraviolet receptors primarily to determine "up" and "down" so as to orient themselves properly for flight. But I agree with you that how the home hive is designed or painted could possibly play a role in the success of the hive.

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