In this display it can be seen that the second bee colony (bottom left) is “stronger” than the first colony (top right), and has produced more nectar. Students can also observe the correlations during their weekly inspections. While the bees in colony 2 (beeloggerD1_2) build their beecombs uniformly and keep the workers (female bees), drones (male bees) and nectar strictly separate, it is evident that the bees in colony 1 (beeloggerD1_1) follow a rather chaotic strategy. When bees start to create additional queen cups, they are showing dissatisfaction with their queen. In this case the beekeeper must remain alert and take care that the colony does not swarm out (and possibly create a further colony).
We are pleased that the beelogger technology also allows people off campus to share in the excitement of watching our bee colonies. Here the link to the visual data. You can view the individual hives by selecting ”D1_1” or ”D1_2” in the drop-down menu at the top left corner of the webpage.