The Bees in August

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What are the honey bees doing at the farm, you might ask.

Well, I am very glad you did.

Because I have wondered myself.

It’s been a process to find out what beekeepers know and correlate that with what we’ve observed at the farm.

After spending a considerable amount of time trying to find information on nectar flow in the Gulf Coast region, I may finally have my mind wrapped around exactly what a ‘nectar flow’ is.

Officially its when one or more major nectar sources are blooming and the weather is cooperating, allowing bees to collect the nectar. Of course, that matters a whole lot where you are on this continent!

Basically when one of the elite scout bees, I would be curious how these are picked, finds a bloom, she goes back to the hive, does her waggle dance in the dark of the hive to tell the others where it is. The rest of the workers follow her directions. They go into massive collecting mode.

But right now, it’s hot summer, very¬† hot on the Texas Gulf coast, too hot for anything of much value to produce a bloom