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Surviving (yet another) heat wave

February 11, 2011

Even the bees are too hot. They hang outside, hoping to catch a cool breeze…or perhaps just feeling too lazy to fly around hunting nectar and pollen. Perhaps the heat has fermented the sugars in the nectar and the bees are in fact lolling around rather drunk. They do perch rather drunkenly it seems on all the weeds that we have so kindly allowed to grow around their home. A lazy monitor lizard has worked out that if he sits just in front of the bee hive, right in the flight path of the bees, every now and then a bee will all but fly straight into his mouth. A delicious mouthful with no effort needed in this heat. I chase him away but I am sure he is just lurking in the weeds waiting for me to leave before he resumes his new post.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2011 8:54 PM

    Hasn’t it been hot? Just when we thought the heatwave was over, it was well of 30C again today! Would love to see a pic of your monitor lizard! 🙂

  2. February 12, 2011 7:23 AM

    We have a bizarre drop in heat this weekend. Early 20’s instead of mid 30’s. What’s with that? The humidity and dampness is terrible as well, Canberra is a hot dry climate and this time of year it should be about 40. The heat always kicks in just in time for the kiddies to go back to school. Everything in the house feels damp and yuccky. I don’t blame your bees for being lazy on such a hot day, I would be too.

  3. February 12, 2011 9:16 AM

    If it’s any consolation it’s supposed to be winter around here and I’m sweating in my sweater! So frustrating!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!

  4. February 13, 2011 9:54 AM

    Love that lazy lizard, he’s found his own take out box 🙂 Loving your bee posts & I’m wondering what the bees are doing with this weird drop in temperatures?

  5. February 23, 2011 3:53 AM

    >If you are feeling too hgit, you could always fly over to Brussels to cool down. It is here only 2°C!

    Cold,…freezeing cold:)

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      March 10, 2011 2:44 PM

      Ooh…2 degrees does not sound terribly attractive. But maybe that is just because it is not that hot here today!

  6. May 15, 2011 10:52 PM

    when they hang around the outside, sometimes they’ll be fanning the entrance to increase the circulation of air throughout the hive. if it gets too hot the cells will melt and then they’ll all be doomed! 😛

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