What happens in the apiary in May?

In May, warm and affectionate weather: sunny days alternate with rare thunderstorms and life-giving downpours. In nature everything blooms: gardens, fields, flowers. May is the time when hot and sultry summer has not yet come into its own, and spring no longer brings unpleasant surprises with night frosts and sudden cold snaps. May is a small piece of warm, comfortable and fragrant paradise.

And what about the bees? They feel great: in May the main honey-plants begin to bloom – acacia and linden, for bees this is the time of abundance and feasting. And they are awakened by the instinct of reproduction, the time of swarming comes.

In May, beekeepers work on a par with their charges: from dawn to dusk. We must not miss the moment: put a new frame in the hives, so that the bees had to collect honey, to follow the new hives, with young womb bee. Sometimes it happens that the bee family does not accept the new queen and kills her. Then for the orphaned hive, you need to find a new womb bee and make an “acquaintance” with the hive, so that the bees will accept it.

Yet the main concern of the beekeeper is not to let the hive rise or rummage! In May, new queens are actively withdrawn in the hive and when this happens, half of the beehive’s bees leave their place of isolation along with the old womb bee and rush to find new homes. When this happens, it’s very difficult to catch a swarm that has risen! Imagine yourself alone with 30 000 – 40 000 excited bees, and this is only half the hive! Therefore every day the beekeeper inspects the hives, checks the brood and the cells with the new queens. If the beehive is strong, there are many bees in it and there are already large stocks of honey, then the beekeeper divides it into two new beehives. He moves the frame with the cell of the unborn queen to another hive and moves a part of the bees there. A few days later, in a new hive, the already celebrated birth of a new womb bee is already in progress! And the bees continue their active work to collect the nectar and turn it into a magical spring honey!

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