I started my beekeeping in lovely sunny weather about 7.45 am. The bees were flying and well behaved. I had to abandon my inspections in monsoon rain, thunder, lightning, and huge hail stones just a few hours later, the bees not surprisingly very unhappy. No wonder they are struggling to get any food.
Then there is the problem that virgin queens cannot get mated , or properly mated !!
The continued wet weather is of growing concern; colonies are beginning to run short of food. The low temperatures and lack of sunshine means little nectar yield from plants for the bees to forage. Whats more the weather is preventing proper colony inspections and the bees seem more defensive (not surprising given they have little food and are being disturbed in less than good conditions).
I may have said before but it’s worth repeating; there is no greater thrill than to see a new queen, mated and laying well. Today I saw several following artificial swarms done last month. 🙂
Having been given royal approval to go check my colonies today, following an awful weeks weather which prevented any inspections, the weather and the bees were just magic! A warm sunny day and the bees were in fine fettle, I was able to lose myself with my bees and check all colonies on my main sites; somewhat a relief after not getting out all week. It was summer today!