Skip to comments.Honey bees secret world of heat revealed
Posted on 03/17/2010 9:43:10 PM PDT by fishhound
The secret of honey bees' success has been discovered living deep inside their hives - a special type of bee which acts like a living radiator, warming the nest and controlling the colony's complex social structure.
The "heater bees" have been found to play a crucial, and previously unappreciated, role in the survival of honey bee colonies.
Using new technology that allows sceintists to see the temperature inside the bee hives, researchers have been able to see how heater bees use their own bodies to provide a unique form of central heating within a hive.
They have found that these specialised bees, whose body temperatures are considerably higher than other bees in the colony, not only keep the hive warm but also control the social make-up within a colony.
Bees, and other social insects such as ants, share jobs within a colony so each individual has specific role that benefits the colony as a whole.
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Nice to see a science article devoid of any reference to the lies of AL Gore.
I had no idea bees had hot flashes.
Definitely heats up the bed....
Enough of them, the hive?
Someone is going to have to remake that documentary “Secret Life of Bee’s” now.
I’m sure that was the very first image from a google search. lol.
Wing decoupling, very interesting. It would be interesting to find out why the heater bees don’t cook themselves.
God makes cool stuff!
That’s a good question.
Spelling Bees. Heating Bees. What won’t they think of next - a philosophy based on Descartes’ “To Bee or Not to Bee?”
She’s some Honey Bee. Like the stripes and wings. Buzzz!
Hmmm, I am suddenly feeling alot warmer.
Ice bees fly around them just in the nick of time.
Very interesting. I started beekeeping last year. After a strong season of build up and some honey production, my hives went into the winter looking pretty strong. By January they both had died off. It will be interesting to see if this new discovery will be looked at in regards to colony collapse disorder, which up to now, is not understood. Maybe the “heater” bees don’t heat like they used to sometimes.
Heat is how Japanese honey bees kill the Japanese giant hornet—they swarm the hornet when it invades the nest and vibrate, the bees can withstand a few higher degrees than the hornet. European honey bees just get slaughtered.
Started last May.
Strong through fall.
Flying in a warm spell first week January.
Dead after a brutal cold snap two weeks later.
A lot of people here in MA lost their bees.
All in the name of social stability.
It’s not suffocation...but heat?
Might work in a hive, but their elected representatives are about to be voted out on their asses! Ha.
That’s the latest buzz.
Like to tie and glue that to a fishhook. lol
They sting you enough and your face FALLS OFF. Supposedly they kill people every year in Japan. I saw a special on AP or NG or discovery, this old woman watched her husband’s face slaugh off after he was attacked.
The special said the J. honey bees killed the hornet by heat, wikipedia says carbon dioxide might also be a factor along with heat.
I am sure the bee in the picture posted would keep most males temperatures up.
What do these heater bees do in the summer, live outside the hive? Maybe they have AC bees that keep the place cool in hot weather, huh?
No- It`s John Belushi.
Here in TX, since we got the killer bees twenty years or so
ago, it’s been proven that they are triggered by exhaled carbon dioxide.
And they attack the eyes first.
We have sad stories of guys bobcatting down the wrong tree
during construction and dying in the resultant swarm.
Oh, wouldn’t the left love to run our society like this.
Maybe they do. More likely is that they don't run full blast until they settle into the chamber.
Breeding hives based on lack of 'open' chambers seems to have been counterproductive. It would seem they were always there for a reason.
Proof-positive that AGW is really Apiarogenic Global Warrming; NOT Anthropogenic Global Warming!
Now, if this isn’t exactly the bee’s knees, it is still a honey of a story for us gardening types, who depend upon these gals to do their jobs effectively.
I too thought of colony collapse disorder, but my thought was that perhaps breeders have been breeding for queens who would not leave enough empty cells for the heater bees to do their job. If one HB in an empty cell can warm 70 larvae, then about one empty cell per 70 would appear to be essential. Have you counted the empty cells in your combs? Did you get your bees from a large commercial enterprise where selective breeding may be a problem, or did you get them from a local hobbiest or a wild swarm? Also do you just feed them sugar water, or do you leave enough honey for them to eat?
Another interesting observation. I had read that young bees were the nursemaid bees and as they matured they worked as honey gathering bees. According to this article each is specialized for the specific job according to the brood temperature.
How do they know how many of what type of bee to create? Is it seasonal maybe?
I imagine extreme temperature variations are hard on bees. Perhaps you could buy some of that 2 inch thick hard foam insulation and build boxes with a few small openings to put over the hives when the weather goes extreme. I think the 2 inch ones are R13
I think they don’t cook themselves because they don’t fan their muscles when heat is not needed. The article said they have a way of decoupling their wings so they can fan the muscles a lot without moving the wings.
God is cool too!
” For Freeper Beekeepers”
I have a co-worker who started a few weeks ago.
” For Freeper Beekeepers”
I have a co-worker who started a few weeks ago.
OK, so are heater bees born or are they assigned the job? If they are born, what causes that? Do their pupae have to be kept at a particular temperature? Do they have to get the food for the extra energy themselves or do other bees deliver it to them? Etc.
Maybe these answers aren’t known yet, but reporters are good at not asking probing science questions.
Each bee in the hive needs a miniature TV camera attached to its head to we can see what is going on in there.
And, I hate to do this, but will global warming make all of the bees into foragers and then there would be no more housekeepers to take care of the larvae and clean the nest? Or will the government take care of that job for them?
Wait until algore reads this.
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The fact that some bees have a higher temperature than others is very old news. It is in fact common knowledge
In the winter when the colony is inactive:
The bees at the center of the cluster are warmer than those on the outside. As the temperature of those on the outside gets too cold, the warm bees move outward. The bee temp from the center of the cluster to the outside is continuously variable.
Honey is the fuel that provides the body temp
Doing the jobs drones won’t do.