The Beyer bees are developing splendidly! At the end of February, we extended the living quarters to accommodate a new generation of bees. The queen bee lays up to 2,000 eggs every day. As a result, around 20,000 Beyer bees hatch out in our 10 bee colonies every day. With all this industrious activity, the bees need sufficient room to store their honey, so we have added another honeycomb to each brood comb. If the weather remains fine, we hope to harvest our first honey by the middle of May. The period until the end of June is the most successful harvesting time.
On the photos, the drone brood cells are clearly visible. The drones – that is the male bees – only hatch once a year in March. The principle role of the male bees is to mate with a fertile queen, which occurs in flight. After successful mating, the drones are no longer useful and they are driven away or even killed by the female bees.