The Spring of 2015 started hot and maintained above average temperatures for most of September and now, October. There seems to have been more swarming of bees than last year and the rest of Spring will be monitored closely to see if the swarming continues on through to summer.http://beeandwaspproblems.com.au
This photo shows a few returning scout bees looking for the queen bee and fellow worker bees following the bee swarm removal.
Spring has sprung here in Western Australia and bee swarms are now on the move.
Weather has been very wet, cold and windy of late and is not the kind of weather bees need to start anew when leaving their old hives. With a bit of sunshine and increased temperatures we should see more swarming culminating in a frenzy in October.
The above swarm was rescued from a lemon tree next door to a hive in a tree trunk. There’s something about lemon scent that bees prefer.
Much has been written about bees in general and the queen and workers in particular.
What we don’t read a lot about is the role of the drone within and without the hive.
Some people may know that the drone, especially if in large numbers , will be expelled from the hive when food stores are low. Most people know that the drone collects neither pollen nor nectar and is dependent on the worker bees to be fed. The drones are not to be classified as idle but as a fundamental and irreplacable member of the functioning unit known as the bee hive or the bee colony.
We hear about there being such a thing as a virgin queen and wonder how she then becomes fertile and commences her role as an extraordinary egg layer. There are claims that she can lay anything up to 1500 eggs a day Continue reading
The typical bee hive will have within its structure, the queen, usually just the one but stranger things can happen.
The drone can number a few dozen if the living is easy.
The worker will normally number in the thousands. A happy and productive hive can easily number 60 000 bees .