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Distance Bees Fly- Bees at Sea

What is a the distance bees fly and forage from the hive you ask?  According to the GPS unit on our friends’ sailboat, they will fly 5.2 miles! These pictures were taken off Oaxaca, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast a few weeks ago when several bees came to visit us.  Why were they so far out to sea?  Was it because sugar cane was burning along the coast and the mountains are too high to cross and escape or did our boat look like a giant white flower?  Do the bees fly out to perch on turtle shells like the boobies?  So many questions!  At any rate, whenever I see bees while traveling I never feel far from home.

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