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Summer nectar flow

Honeybee on white clover

I suspect my gut feeling about the white clover was right, specifically that dry weather made the plants slow down their nectar production.  My data is simple --- few bees on the Sourwood flowerclover last week, then a buzzing clover patch after four thunderstorms dampened the soil more recently.

Meanwhile, the first feeding frenzy for our Warre hive has begun.  I don't think most of the bees zipping in and out are going to clover, though --- sourwood petals on the path denote the bloom period of one of our bees' favorite plants.  With my buckwheat buds starting to burst open too, I finally feel confident I can stop feeding the bees, at least for a while.

Leave home for the weekend without worrying about your flock with our automatic chicken waterer.

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Good close up of the honey bee.
Comment by RDG Sun Jun 24 23:21:52 2012
RDG --- Thanks! You can probably tell I made the post around the photo rather than vice versa. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Jun 25 19:32:56 2012

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