Author Topic: Truth or Fiction?  (Read 594 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Wandering Man

  • Gold Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1713
  • Thanked: 143 times
  • Gender: Male
    • Life Lessons from dogs, bees and others
  • Location: Victoria, Texas
Truth or Fiction?
« on: June 23, 2019, 11:55:17 pm »
Do bees attack black?

I used to think it was an old wives tale (my apologies to any elderly ladies with spouses).

Then I mowed my yard wearing black barbecue gloves one year and caught over a hundred stings.  I already suspected they had become hot, so I was wearing protective gear.  My gloves took all of the hits:





When I used my GoPro to record 3Reds and I looking for the queen in a hive, the bees were all over the black camera.  The hard plastic was too tough for stingers, but you could hear constant clicking, and it was difficult to see 3Reds and I.

And finally, 3Reds and I were inspecting a hive earlier this week and the black stylus end of my pen got attacked:




I pulled 6 stingers out of it and had to shoo the bees off the pen before climbing into the truck.
I keep the stylus handy in case I want to use my cellphone camera to take a picture.

I'm thinking about keeping a black patch somewhere safe on my bee suit to keep the bees preoccupied while I do inspections, etc.

Never argue with drunks or crazy people

Offline neillsayers

  • Gold Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 2113
  • Thanked: 188 times
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Arkansas Ozarks, U.S.A.
Re: Truth or Fiction?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 12:40:12 am »
That might be a good idea. I've noticed dark colors are more likely to get their interest. My black dog has become terrified over the years. :)
Neill Sayers
Herbhome Bees
USDA Zone 7a

Offline tecumseh

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 854
  • Thanked: 70 times
  • Location: College Station, Tx.
Re: Truth or Fiction?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2019, 07:05:05 am »
according to the book bees do not see colors in the same way we do but yes black or red does get them a bit excited...

Offline Mikey N.C.

  • Gold Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1393
  • Thanked: 76 times
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Cameron N.C.
Re: Truth or Fiction?
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2019, 07:14:40 pm »
That's basically what I thought dark is not good.

Offline Jacobs

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 149
  • Thanked: 22 times
  • Gender: Male
  • Which one do I keep?
  • Location: Greensboro, NC
Re: Truth or Fiction?
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2019, 01:41:43 pm »
Once upon a time, I ran the weed eater in front of my hives while wearing black work gloves.  Only once. 

Offline MurphyMike

  • New Member
  • *
  • Posts: 3
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Texas
Re: Truth or Fiction?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 02:43:41 pm »
You da bear!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline Bakersdozen

  • Global Moderator
  • Gold Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 3596
  • Thanked: 303 times
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Olathe, Kansas
Re: Truth or Fiction?
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2019, 05:48:22 pm »
If you crouch down or bend over in the flight path, on a day when there isn't a strong nectar flow, I don't think it matters what color you are wearing! You are a predator to the guard bees!   >:(