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Drifting

What is Drifting?

  1. oraging bees returning to the apiary and entering a hive other than its own. This may be caused by prevailing winds and/or lack of landmarks that usually assist bees to find their own hive. 
  2. Refers to when bees lose their sense of direction and wander into neighboring hives. (Drifting usually occurs when hives are placed too close to each other.) 
  3. The failure of bees to return to their own hive in an apiary containing many colonies. Young bees tend to drift more than older bees, and bees from small colonies tend to drift into larger colonies.

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