These infrared images were shot at 8am, this morning, with an ambient temperature of 14°.
This first photo is a reference photo. I designed and built these special outer covers this past summer. They serve several purposes, but one is that they allow me to set hives flush against each other during the winter so that they can share heat. I was curious to see if that’s what they would do…
This photo just below shows an IR image of the far left hive and the left portion of the hive just to its right. You can see that there is a relatively large colony in the hive on the left, and a relatively small colony in the hive on the right, but the colony on the right has moved over to benefit from the heat of the larger colony.
The image of the two hives on the right [shown just below] reveals what is virtually a mirror image of the left two hives. In this case, however, the smaller of the two colonies appears like it may be larger than the smaller of the two colonies in the left two hives.