The unbelievably bad wet weather has continued, bees are at a standstill, some colonies that have swarmed have failed to requeen successfully, 3 are like that at the club apiary. If you took any spring honey, that may be your lot for 2012, the bees are consuming whatever they are bringing in. The long range weather forecast brings no comfort.
I am thinking now about trying to make sure colonies will be strong enough to overwinter, depressing thoughts in July but the bee season is very short!
Small colonies or nucs should be united with more successful ones, choose the best queen to head it up. Small colonies are vulnerable to wasps in August, reduce the entrances if they are seen hanging around. Make wasp traps from a teaspoon of jam and some water – NOT honey - mixed in a jam jar with wasp sized holes punched in the lid. Hang in a nearby tree or place near hives. They will happily drown themselves.
Picnic on the Green, Walmer, August 11th, 1- 4pm
I am still hoping that someone will come forward to man a stall at this local occasion, I am away that weekend. It involves chatting to the public about bees; believe me you will know more than they do!
DDBKA has a banner, large photos, leaflets etc to borrow. You would be free to sell your honey and bee products. Please let me know if interested.