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Drifting occurs when bees enter the wrong hive when they return from foraging, and decide to join that colony of bees. It tends to occur in hives that are in a windy location or are very close together.
Loss of bees in one hive, and increased numbers in another colony
Place hives at least 10 feet apart
Place hives in an irregular arrangement, as opposed to a straight row
Provide bees with landmarks, such as bushes or fences.
Paint hives different colors
Ulrich Y, Perrin N, Chapuisat M.
Flexible social organization and high incidence of drifting in the sweat bee, Halictus scabiosae
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