07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

A Week Is A Long Time In Beekeeping

A week ago the hives sat with empty supers and I was concerned I may need to feed. But after a week of scorching temperatures the whole situation has changed. I don’t know what has yielded but the hives are full to bursting with nectar coming in! Thank goodness I left supers on or else I dread to think about what would have happened (untold swarming probably would have been induced due to lack of space). Now I have to think about removing some surplus honey if this continues.

Signs of a Dearth (June Gap)

Over the last week I have noticed my bees at home gathering by a pool of water. The temperatures have not been high so I guess that they are drawing water to liquefy honey stores for consumption. This means there is no incoming nectar at present so stores need to be carefully watched over te coming weeks.