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Old 06/11/05, 09:52 AM
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how far do honeybees travel?

I don't have beehives but I have lots of honeybees in my garden. It's great! I need them to pollinate my flowering vegetables. But no one I know around here keeps bees.

Does anyone know how far the bees will travel to collect nectar?
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Old 06/11/05, 12:27 PM
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they will and can travel about a mile or more for nectar and pollen.
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Old 06/11/05, 01:19 PM
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The honey bees normal avrage distance of travel is two miles. They sometimes will (which has documented) travel up to six miles.
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Old 03/31/06, 03:25 PM
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I have always wondered that to, I have read 2 miles and up to 5 miles, but I think all is but a scentific guess. How could anyone follow a bees direction and keep up with its flight for miles?
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Old 03/31/06, 05:43 PM
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Sometimes 4 to 6 miles if there is nothing closer, but it is believed that they can only forage 2 to 3 miles and gather enough to maintain a hive. It can be tested with a hive in a desolate area with feeding stations at different distances from the hive and paint dots on the foraging bees. They will only travel a minimum distance to get what they need. They will not travel 1 mile if they can get what they need within a quarter mile of the hive.
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Old 03/31/06, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Iddee
They will only travel a minimum distance to get what they need. They will not travel 1 mile if they can get what they need within a quarter mile of the hive.
Well, bees can be funny creatures. I've seen bees from one hive forage off of good forage right by the hive (for example a stand of buckwheat). Bees from the next hive over will go right past that buckwheat to forage on something else (for example goldenrod). I have a feeling her highness might have a different fancy than the royalty next door.

As usual, just my 2 cents.

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Old 04/09/06, 08:21 PM
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My neighbor just came down (lives about 1/3 mile away) and mentioned that lots of honeybees were crawling on the cow feed in their feed lot. I just paid $12.00 for a bucket of organic soybeans, put some of them through the blender, mixed the soyflour with honey, and made pollen patties just for them.....and they go visit the neighbors!

Awhile back, at one of our bee meetings, a commercial beekeeper stated that he'd read that honey bees could travel as far as 14 miles away!! Everyone was stunned - until my daughter piped up, "Yeah, but do they come home again?" Then everyone laughed, and no-one really believed it. Sounds ludicrous to me.
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Old 04/09/06, 08:24 PM
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I've heard 8 miles, but I'm not sure they go that far unless they have too. You may be seeing feral bees.
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