Painting hive bodies

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Curious fact: Bees can see about as many colors as humans can and with greater precision–but their range starts further up the rainbow. Specifically, they do not see red, but can see ultraviolet. They can also distinguish shapes, but with less precision than humans. Many flowers that may appear white or bland to humans look quite distinctive to bees, who are able to see the “landing pad” patterns drawn on their petals in ultraviolet.

Adventure update: Painting is fun! I decorated the brood boxes in bold colors and shapes that the bees can distinguish, to aid them in finding their way home and reduce drifting from colony to colony. I also painted the supers on the top of each stack in the picture, but the rest were decorated by the two strapping lads (my sons) in the picture. I love them!

 

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