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Hi all,
Division of labour within the hive is a fascinating subject. Does anyone know if the bees are seam orientated i.e. stay on a particular seam or do they follow the queens laying pattern or is it all done ad hoc?
 

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Why they should be seem oriented?

50 000 bees and 55 seems
To create order I suppose. My work area is seam two and your work area is seam five kind of thing in the brood nest. I have noticed on my PH that the great majority of bees fly in one corner of the flight board away from the main brood area. Is there a reason for this?
 

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I have noticed on my PH that the great majority of bees fly in one corner of the flight board away from the main brood area. Is there a reason for this?
dislike of teenagers?

My work area is seam two and your work area is seam five kind of thing in the brood nest
From my observations the foragers give the pollen to other bees so perhaps its more of a delivery area than a work area.
 
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Thomas Seeley's book The Wisdom of the Hive covers organisation of collection and storage of pollen, nectar and water in great detail (but I don't think there's much on distribution of brood). Seems that recruitment and storage is quite flexible, e.g., if a forager can't offload nectar within a short period of time she actively recuits more `unloaders'.
 

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From my observations the foragers give the pollen to other bees so perhaps its more of a delivery area than a work area.
Hi Dishmop,
A learned person on bee anatomy who gave a lecture the other week stated that the bees off-load themselves when it comes to pollen? Also, I found a batch of dead pollen carrying bees on one of the flight boards. Would that be because they died of old age or would they have tried to beg their way into the hive and been killed or refused entry? Any thoughts?:nature-smiley-005:
 
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