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How do you go about counting 60,000 bees?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    "More than 60,000 bees have been found in the roof of a hospital building.

    Staff at Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge called in experts after noticing a large number of bees flying in and out of the Beechcroft building, which houses staff but is not open to patients.

    They said "honey oozed" from the between gaps in the brick and plasterwork when a roof panel was removed on 10 September."

    Is this enough to help you get off to sleep? It must be a real sod if you are interrupted and have to start all over again.
  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    The number of workers found in a honey bee hive can be estimated using the following information:

    About one-third of the worker bee in a hive forage every day. Based on average number of flights per day by a single bee and the amount of time spent foraging, the following formula can be used to calculate the number of bees in a hive:

    N = 3 x (f/0.0138)
    N = number of bees in the hive
    f = number of bees seen leaving the nest in one minute
    If Duke of York observes 35 bees leaving a hive in one minute, how many bees are inside? Round off the answer to the nearest whole number.

    Answer: 35/0.0138 = 2,536 bees foraging per day. This is about one-third of the hive, so 2,536 x 3 = 7,608 bees in the hive.

    Note: The value 0.0138 is based on average amount of time spent foraging for an average honey bee colony on an average day. This value will actually change considerably with amount of food available, weather conditions, etc.


    I thought everybody knew this!!
  3. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

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  4. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    I should think if your did count then you would bee busy!
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  5. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Count their legs and divide by 6?
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  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I'm sure it will someone a buzz.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Give someone a buzz I meant.

    The other answer is.....one at a time.
  9. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    One bee......two bee.....three bee......new bee.
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  10. A_Million_Posts

    A_Million_Posts Star commenter


    Police are investigating the theft of about 60,000 bees from a farm in Aberdeenshire.

    Four hives were taken from the farm in Blackhills, near Peterhead, some time between Saturday and Tuesday.

    Maybe bees just come in units of 60,000?
  11. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter


    I think you've earned your stripes with that.
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  12. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Oh beehave you lot.
    colpee, EmanuelShadrack and nomad like this.
  13. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    ... and stop droning on.
  14. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    You know Nomad - you're a bloomin' genius. No wonder I failed the 11 plus. Luckily I don't think that was one of the questions we were supposed to answer. I bet you went to grammar school! I was wondering also how on earth anyone could count that number of bees. We had bees that got in through an air brick at the side of our house. They weren't actually hurting anyone, but they might have if children etc had been anywhere near the entrance. So I'm afraid, on the advice of local beekeepers, we had to block the holes up - and we did feel very guilty about it - but still.
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  15. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    If I was a loss adjuster for the insurance company the bees were insured with, I'd likely be asking the owner to account for how many bees he saw fly out on the day the theft took place and how many bees he counted returning, as Max Hastings did during the Falklands war, with planes.
  16. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I wondered if Nomad knew that or made it up, so tried to check. First reference began "I read this somewhere on the internet". Second reference - maths worksheet (and I would be reluctant to rely on that). Third reference (to my relief) cited their source as Arizona University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Now my cynical and suspicious mind is willing to believe it has some basis in fact.

    Very impressive, anyway, Nomad!
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  17. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    I think you missed a trick there.

    I'll let you off though, for good beehive-iour.
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  18. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    True to some extent. Any loss adjuster worth his/her salt though would request individual photos of every missing bee, along with their full names and dates of birth, to be submitted within 3 working days of first making the claim (which would have to be submitted the next working day after obtaining a crime number from the police).

    Failure to do so, for any reason whatsoever, would result in the claim being declared null and void.

    Included in any possible letter stating "Regretfully we are unable to take any further action on your claim" would be some small print on how an automatic subscription has been helpfully set up on your account, for insuring your wasps and ants.
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  19. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    You could use an abeecus
  20. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    and in considerable pain.

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