Winter in Australia For Bees.

Australia is so big that parts of Australia are still warm in a southern winter.

However, as most honeybee keepers are based around the southern coastline, this part of the world can experience a chilly and rainy season.

Most bees ( as with all insects) enter a period in winter when the life force is lower and colder temperatures  govern their lives in addition to the consequent scarcity of food.

Bees, if they’ve built a hive over a Spring and a Summer ( and perhaps over many years)then their food stores should be good enough to see them over the colder winter months. There is some flowering of plants even over winter, especially around the city areas and this can be enough to keep weaker hives alive. In times of food scarcity though, beekeepers may find it necessary to feed their bees with a sugar syrup.

Rainfall is something that falls mainly in winter in the southern areas of Australia and is imperative in creating the flowers that bees will utilise in the warmer months.

Consequently, beekeepers hope for a good rainy season hoping that it bodes well for a good flowering season in bushland, forest areas and the metropolitan areas.046

A New Spring and a New Hive

The start of a new Spring and bees are coming out in the warmer weather. Some hives are already on the way to making new queens and preparing to swarm. Rainfall this Perth winter has been good so we expect there to be substantial flora and abundant blossoming all over the entire state.

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A new swarm for a new Spring. The season’s swarming commenced from late August and now that the weather is warming up, the swarming should increase through September and October. Time will tell what kind of a season it will be in terms of Spring blossoms and their nectar flow, so highly dependent on rainfall over the winter months.

Where Do Bees Not Choose to Live?

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You’d be surprised where a swarm of bees can lodge. This is a patio heater which had a tarpaulin cover thus making a perfect home sheltered from the elements and providing a structure for the bees to build their comb. It’s important too that the place chosen was not in the direct sun otherwise come summer time , it could get a little too hot for the bees.