People typically respond in one of two ways to seeing thousands of bees clustered on a tree in their yard 1) recoil with horror at the beepocalypse that is apparently taking place in their front lawn. 2) lean in with curiosity and fascination at the sight. We’d like more people to respond in the latter fashion, so let’s take a look at what is actually going on here.
Springtime is arguably the busiest time of the year for both the honey bee and the beekeeper. From the bees’ perspective, the activity begins before Spring actually arrives. In late winter, as the days increase in length, the queen will resume laying eggs. Slowly at first, as the adult worker bee population that has wintered over has began to dwindle.
Ever wonder just how much nectar the bees bring in on a single afternoon? Wondering just how much of that syrup you just fed was stored vs. used by the bees for maintenance? Electronically monitoring honeybee colonies 24×7 provides fresh insights into what is happening in the colony. Read about how we’re working with the Bee Informed Partnership on creating a nationwide network of hive scales.