Field notes on Environmental Sociology and Sustainable Beekeeping
Hi there,I haven't heard the term washboarding applied to bees before (I've been at it now for 6 years) and I'm curious about your meaning!
Thanks for the comment, Kathy.Washboarding is difficult to capture in a still photograph. My old copy of "ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture" describes it this way:"they [the bees] may sometimes be seen over the front of the hive with heads pointing down in a forward and backward movement much as a washerwoman scrubs her clothes over a washboard." [p55] While they move in this fashion, their front legs look like they are scraping the wood surface and their mandibles may move back and forth as if they are trying to chew something off the hive..
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