I’m still fascinated by some of the data that Nspyre are making available about their chipped bees. Given the dreadful UK weather, it is easier than trying to see much of my bees activity.
I’ll be saying more about the patterns I have spotted in the bee movements in a few days, when I have sufficient data to be a little more meaningful.
I’ve been looking at the weather summary on the NSPYRE website for a few days. I have been surprised that the bees are active well into the night. Sometimes it has looked as though they haven’t woken up until nearly mid day so today’s graph was interesting because they seemed to be more active in the morning. On the bar chart section, there is no differentiation visibly between arrivals and departures. Temperatures vary from about 14 degrees to 21 degrees . At 1.00 am bee movements were about 5000 in number and at 1 pm they were just under double at about 9000. The peak was about 13000 at about 5 pm. I imagined that night time journeys would drop to almost nothing but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The lowest number of bee journeys occurred at about 7/8 am and then again at 9 pm. It could be that rain or wind occurred at such times. If there is rain, then it is conceivable that just prior to rain the number of bee movements looks to be average but that the balance between arrivals and departures could change. It is possible that more bees return home because they sense the rain is imminent and that those who would otherwise have set out decide to delay,
I think I shall have to see if I can discern more about the nature of the weather at Floriade. It seems likely that the dips in bee movements relate to weather conditions but it is possible that there are natural cycles. looking at more graphs /summaries might help to determine which if either is the case.
I suppose I don’t have enough detail about the weather to be sure about what is happening. I assume that if it rains humidity will increase especially if there is warmth.