5.1.1.3. Use inside colonies

When using probes within colonies, these may require protection from direct contact with the bees, so as to avoid heating by direct bee contact (compare Kleinhenz et al., 2003; Stabentheiner et al., 2010). Logging temperature data at short time intervals helps to uncover such events which will appear as temperature peaks. The actual sensory spot of a thermocouple is the junction between the two wire metals that is closest to the electronic thermometer. This is usually the thermocouple tip. However, hive bees often gnaw at the wire insulation. This is not critical as long as the wires do not touch. But should they touch, location of temperature measurement may change.