Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells Branch

September's To Do List

Estimate stores and feed syrup for winter.

Remove varroa treatments.

Feed colonies that need it.

Reduce to planned number of colonies.

Prepare for Honey shows.

Expect more nectar flows from Hymalayan Balsm & Ivy.

Reduce inspections to fortnightly.

Expect reduction in colony size and brood area.

Useful Information Throughout the Year

Developmental Period of Egg to:

Queen 16 days; Worker 21 days; Drone 24 days.Queen Fertility 23+ days; Drone Fertility 38+ days Click here for more details.

A Worker Bee.

In Summer only lives 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee. It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.In late autumn the queen lays eggs that develop into workers that live for 4/6 months to survive the winter.

Typical Colony.

50/70,000 bees in mid summer. There will be 1 queen, 250 drones, 20,000 female foragers, 30,000 female house bees. 5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000 - 11,000 larvae being fed. 16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells. 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

Number of UK Beekeepers.

In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives.
They produce 6000 tones of honey per year.
Each hive is worth about £400 to the agricultural economy.
We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.

 

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