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Fanning: Rear ends up or rear ends down
« on: December 01, 2019, 09:35:11 am »
Does anyone know the difference?  What does it mean when honey bees are fanning with rear ends up? Fanning pheromones?  What does it mean when honey bees fan with their rear ends down?

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Re: Fanning: Rear ends up or rear ends down
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2019, 10:24:48 am »
Temp control.
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Re: Fanning: Rear ends up or rear ends down
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2019, 11:57:24 am »
I think what Iddee said. That was my first pre coffee thought. I'm thinking that when I see bees with their fanny's up, that they have turned the up air conditioner. I also learned recently that the bees fan when they are trying to locate the queens pheromone, say I lifted her from the hive temporarily, or making a split. Or maybe it's the other way around? 
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Re: Fanning: Rear ends up or rear ends down
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 07:31:15 pm »
In the cold months ,evap. In spring q smell.
That's my guess