Aside from getting able to forage to their hearts’ content, the heat is getting to the bees too! They’ve been clustering on the outside of the hive (something referred to as “bearding”), trying to keep all those buzzing, heat producing bodies out of the box, and hopefully get some air.
We also got a chance to taste some honey from one of the hives. Yum!
Proper nutrition is one of the biggest challenges facing our honey bee populations. With increasing pesticide use and dwindling flowers, bees are having a hard time feeding themselves, which makes it a larger obstacle when bees face viruses, mites, or other bumps in the road.
So when there was a hive floundering in the apiary, there wasn’t much intervention that the beekeepers wanted to try. The sick hive had a queen that simply wasn’t laying well. There were lots of drones, not enough works, and the hive population wasn’t growing. Since bees usually know what’s best for them, we decided to wait and see what would happen.
Thankfully, the hive seems to be recovering. Thanks in part to the cooperative weather, and good nutrition that the bees were either able to raise a new, fertile queen, and the existing queen got whipped into shape. Either way, the weakest hive is now bursting with brood and bees, and is ready to start producing honey!