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Bee's Need Flowers...… whats more to say?
 #5646  by Chrisbarlow
 01 Feb 2020, 15:29

The effects of wind on the foraging behaviour of honey bee workers were tested.

Foraging rate significantly decreased in higher wind speeds.

This was due to increased hesitancy to take off.

Flower movement independent of wind had no effect on foraging rate.

Wind significantly reduces honey bee foraging efficiency.
 #5651  by Chrisbarlow
 01 Feb 2020, 21:10
NigelP wrote:
01 Feb 2020, 19:24
Good to see it confirmed scientifically. The fact that the North Yorks moors where very windy all this august and I had my lowest ever heather honey yields wouldn't have been believed :)
LMAO. It's amazing I know :D