Feed the Bees

Bee Hive

Bee Hive

Our Indiana weather has been up and down this year.  February had some exceptionally warm periods.  Late March into April has been cool with potential for hard freeze.  Variable weather can cause problems for flowering plants, but also for honey bees.  The warm February stimulated egg laying in a number of local bee hives.  The brood must be fed, from the stores of pollen and honey, at a time when few plants are producing nectar and pollen.  The cool weather has set back plant development which will further delay bloom and some flowers will be lost to the freeze.   This means that many of the bee colonies are starving with hungry brood to feed.   Beekeepers are hard at work providing sugar and pollen substitute until spring is in full bloom.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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