Where do honey bees go at night?
At five in the morning I had seen 3 or 4 bees maybe more flying around a light lamp. Next to a wall of a building, as I sat under the lamp waiting for a business to open, there were shadows of what I would only assume were moths and other bugs I would normally see at night. The shadows themselves seemed to be a bit unusual I thought maybe there were shadows of birds flying.
It was hot and humid for five in the morning in upstate Schenectady, New York. Still it was peculiar, the shadows of the bugs flying around the light made me imagine the sun was out, and I actually looked up and squinted. Then a bug dropped in front of me as I sat on my back pack. “This moth must be tired maybe he’s taking a nap.” Is what I said.
I bent forward a little and took a closer look, at what was actually a bee. It was small, maybe a young bee. Than another one fell to the ground. I looked up at the lamp a few times, and there seemed to be a commotion at the lamp instead of tired night bugs and moths. Minutes later inside the building a bug squirmed on me I pulled it off and it was a bee. It buzzed upside down on the table in front of me so I flipped it over and it haphazardly flew off.
Do bees come out at night?
Some honey bee farmer’s report that their bees don’t fly at night when lost they stay put and just crawl around. Honey bees stay active working at night in their hives. Some bees and other types of hornets do come out at night. They are able to use their incredible senses to navigate in the dark. Some European hornets come out at night. Also nocturnal bees will be seen foraging at night in rainforests when there is less forest animal activity.
Colony collapse disorder or honey bee depopulation syndrome
Since 2006 there has been a problem with whole bee populations disappearing. Colony collapse disorder or honey bee depopulation syndrome is described as when whole colony’s of honey bees and worker bees disappear and maybe die off. When a bee is sick it will usually leave the hive by itself and die away from the hive. There have been lots of theories. Some theories are that it is a type of bee mite, disease or parasite. Some theories also include a bacteria or a bee immune deficiency virus that is infecting whole hives and making whole farms of bees leave their hives and die off.
Cause For Concern
This is becoming a crisis in America where almost a third of a humans diet is from plants pollinated from honey bees. Currently researchers in California and Canada are trying to find the cause. Federal agencies are trying to establish if a pesticide that is used could be the cause. Currently they are trying to connect a pesticide that has been approved for use in fields and orchards within the last few years to see if it could be the cause. Some are blaming global warming.
There have been recent sightings of bees at night in the pitch black and near lights and bug lights. Some sightings are of large bees that are attracted to lights.
This is one description. Anonymous from the internet.
“The description of them being called cicada killers (wasps) sounds correct from the above link, but I did not read information as to why they come out at night. We ONLY see them at night and they are huge, almost 2″ long and have only seen them from 9pm – 4am when we take our dogs out at night and have to turn on the lights. They seem to come out of the ground (beneath our deck) and attack the floodlight, fall to ground and go back for more. We have had several occasions in the past 3 weeks where they have come inside the back porch where there is a dimmer light fixture and they just sit on it – we have killed several at a time as have been afraid they would attack or sting. I have taken several pictures of them and plan to try and get a night video tonight of them coming out of the ground to attack the light. As I said – we NEVER see them during the day and ONLY at night and this is the first year we have seen them our home. Scary looking and have seen up to 15 of them outside our flood-light and was too afraid to turn off the light and had to go inside garage (in the dark) to turn off the light as the light seems to draw them near….”