Bee Swarms Are On The Move

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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.

Drone Zones

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