In the last weeks I spent a lot of time to upgrade my system for recording infrared videos. I replaced the old 0.4MP camera with a 3MP camera with a wide-angle lens. The illumination is now via 9 infrared LEDs (previously one LED) and is now recorded at a frame rate of 60fps (previously 25fps). Continue reading “Upgrade of the Infrared Camera System”
A bee tries to free itself from a Varroa mite for minutes, with powerful and very fast shaking movements. Presumably she cannot distinguish the mite from disturbing pollen residues at all, I have often been able to observe this shaking movements. Continue reading “Rodeo bee drops Varroa mite!”
Replacing the infrared lamps in the beehive results in a more uniform illumination and thus sharper images. I want to present two new recordings right here: Continue reading “Higher quality of the videos in the beehive”
In the following video you can see a bee grooming 4 bees in a row. Obviously, there are bees that have exactly this job. The behaviour is therefore apparently not only triggered by the perception of pollen remnants or parasites on other bees. Well, I guess there are real “Grooming bees”.
Viewing the infrared videos is a time-consuming process. Because there are always new exciting behaviors to discover, that I didn’t see before. In the following video you see two bees who transfer honey. Continue reading “Tanker-bee”
Bees sleep several times a day. Partially they go to empty cells for this reason. Their sleep lasts for a few minutes to a maximum of half an hour. In the following video a bee retreats into a cell for 5 minutes. Continue reading “Sleeping bees”
Current IR video out of the beehive shows meticulously mutual grooming of the bees. The groomed bee is waiting patiently and lifts the wings.
Continue reading “Mutual grooming of the bees”
In this IR video a book scorpion checks up a bee on parasits. The book scorpion shows no fear and the bee does not resist!