Beware of food shortage after taking honey
Monitor and treat for Varroa (non-chemical with supers on)
Full disease inspection
Weekly inspections – Look closely for queen cells
Practice marking (and clipping) drones
Ensure sufficient supers for main flow
Extract full supers
Continue swarm control
Mate new queens
Collect swarms (if you know how to) See Article under ‘Swarms’.
USEFUL INFORMATION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Developmental Period of Egg to:
Drone 24 days
Queen Fertility 23+ days
Drone Fertility 38+ days
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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.
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.