Driving home from Ottawa today, the car thermometer registered 34 Celsius. That's 93 Fahrenheit, but the humidex values were up around 40C, which meant it felt like 104F. On September 1st! Yuck!! I'm sorry but I've had enough. Apparently so have my honeybees, who were hanging outside the hives to cool off:
This D.E. hive has a lot of passive ventilation and when it's hot, I always seeing fewer bees bearding (bee equivalent of hanging out on the front porch to cool off) on it than I do on the Langstroth hive:
If you look on the lower left corner of the hive bottom, you can see some honeybees hanging off in a chain. Sometimes they do this when there's nowhere else for them to go; they'll just hang off each other!
See them "chaining" over the edge?
It's supposed to cool down down on Saturday. Bring it on!