Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bugs bug bugs too you know

I had not seen this before and it caught my eye.  The bees were doing what I call a Bug Dance.

There were potatoe bettles (those black bugs with white dots that often show up at picnics) crawling across their front stoop.

I believe they were attracted because of sugar syrup I was feeding a new hive.  The bees did not like having these bugs around and collected around to dissuade them.

Later the bees bit at the bettles and one grabbed one in her mandibles and then flew off the platform.

See the video below.  The dance is quite interesting - a twirling motion.

video
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