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Cleansing flight

What is Cleansing flight?

  1. Refers to when bees fly out of the hive to defecate after periods of confinement (A good day to wear a hat.)
  2. The flight made by a bee to cleanse its digestive track after a long period of confinement. Usually during winter.


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