An unlikely happening? Robot Bees? Think again.
There are companies around the world creating small robotic insects that they hope will fill the role of pollinators if and when they need to supplant real bees and other insects currently performing that role.
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.
What did I find outside a nucleus hive a few weeks ago?
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.
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