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Tasks for May

Supering – add another when bees are on 75% of frames.

Remove and extract rape honey as soon as ripe.

Weekly inspections – Look closely for queen cells.

Have equipment for artificial swarming ready.

Monitoring Varroa.

Look for drones & queen cells.

Put Queen excluders on.

Put first super(s) on.

On Out Apiaries put 3 super on but with newspaper between 1st & 2nd and 3rd & 4th.

Thus ensuring Queen has plenty of room to lay.

Consider taking a small nucleus to raise a fresh queen.

For strong colonies think about swarm prevention methods.

Here are 2 main methods. Click on:

Pagden Method of Control.

Demaree Method of Control.

+ Other Prevention Methods.

 

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 lives only 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee

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.

 

 
 
 
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