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Offline seanconnery

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Flight Patterns
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:12:59 pm »
What appears to be uncontrolled and haphazard coming and going at the hive entrance is neither. I have sat in front of the hive for many weeks with coffee in hand and observe that each bee is her own air traffic controller responding in micro changes to their, and others? flight path/patterns avoiding for the most part, collisions. Each has such lighting fast reactions that look like to us, chaotic patterns.

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 12:19:28 am »
I've noticed that too. Organized chaos everyday at the hive.

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 06:28:51 am »
What appears to be uncontrolled and haphazard coming and going at the hive entrance is neither. I have sat in front of the hive for many weeks with coffee in hand and observe that each bee is her own air traffic controller responding in micro changes to their, and others? flight path/patterns avoiding for the most part, collisions. Each has such lighting fast reactions that look like to us, chaotic patterns.

I think you are right. I have also sit in front watching. I do not recall seeing two bees collide? If they do they collide, certainly recover fast, I have not seen them ?crash?. Amazing creatures!   😁
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 07:28:45 am »
Our pilots have to have a 500 foot vertical clearance between them to fly safely. A swarm of bees can have 20,000 little pilots flying together in inside a one hundred foot long by30 foot wide by 30 foot tall formation with no collisions. Pretty amazing critters.
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 09:36:58 am »
>Each has such lighting fast reactions that look like to us, chaotic patterns.

Take a slo-mo video of your bees coming in.  There are a LOT of collisions...
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 09:52:33 am »
>Each has such lighting fast reactions that look like to us, chaotic patterns.

Take a slo-mo video of your bees coming in.  There are a LOT of collisions...

In that case, fast recoveries.  Thanks Mr Bush . I moved a loaded with bees, double 5 into a single 10 yesterday and after a bit, they were thick in the air in front of the hive. Orientating I presume. I enjoy watching the flights.
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 11:53:01 am »
I did take a slo-mo video and our Canadian bees do not bump into each other - too polite and thoughtful. Will upload soon.

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 12:00:56 pm »
My 2 TBHives are small colonies and may be the reason why fewer collisions.https://www.instagram.com/p/Byn2CL8hfO2/?utm_source=ig_web_button_native_share

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2019, 12:49:46 pm »
My bees must bee drunks, or bad fliers, or maybe they breed bad air traffic controllers. They knock each other around all the time.  :grin: Then they crash land, & sit on the ground, shaking their heads going, "dang man, what HIT me?"  :cheesy: ... I think there's only 2 things wrong with them though - they can't fly, and they can't land.  :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy:
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2019, 01:01:21 pm »
>I did take a slo-mo video and our Canadian bees do not bump into each other - too polite and thoughtful.

Well what do you expect in Canada...
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2019, 01:11:17 pm »
I did not notice any mid air collisions. My bees seem to intentionally land on or walk into each other on the landing board as they come and go, even if there is plenty of room to avoid contact.
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2019, 08:21:26 pm »
When in Rome, bees do what the Romans do...

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2019, 11:21:31 pm »
Some of mine are flying wonders, with incredible precision. And some are like Chet, the flying reindeer in Santa Clause 2 movie. They come in out of control, take out a few neighboring bees, and they all crash downward. I just laugh and laugh.

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2019, 11:33:51 pm »
Seanconnery & bobll - you both had me laughing!
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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2019, 12:27:44 am »
Mine are a lot like bobll

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2019, 05:28:33 am »
Yup, absolute precision.  LoL - NOT!  Simple physics are hard at work; inertia and momentum.  A loaded bee coming in a little hot and heavy does not change direction instantaneously.  Often it is a bee-lined go-for-all crash landing that ends in a double bounce, a summersault, plowing into and scattering a few other bees innocently sunning themselves on the landing board. 'strike' !  hahahaaaa

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Re: Flight Patterns
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2019, 11:43:54 pm »
Read the conditions in which I observe them. I too have seen them crash over and over again where there are dozens of Langs, all close together and during intense foraging/robbing/disturbance occurs. :cool: