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SUMMERTIME

Summer has finally arrived, and for those of us involved with beekeeping, a very busy time.  We’ve moved bees around -some from our yard to a friend’s back yard (near so many raspberry bushes), and to the cranberry farm too.  The basswood has not bloomed yet, but the bees are busy gathering pollen and nectar and yes, even making honey. Here’s hoping the summer is going well for you too with lots of sunny days; lots of rainy days and a few rainbows too.
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Winter Bees

What do Bees do All Winter? “The bee, from her industry in the summer, eats honey all the winter.-Proverb Some people think that honey bees hibernate all winter, but really, they remain active, even in our cold Wisconsin climate.  Their ability to survive depends on the food supply available to them.  Mostly it consists of honey left in the hive, which they have stored during the warm months.  The bees form a cluster around the queen and brood, and this cluster of bees is what keeps them warm.  As temperatures drop, the cluster tightens.  During warmer spells the bees feed
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