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Mid-winter peek at the bees

20 February

Nestled along the scenic Maumee River and protected by a hedge of mature cypress trees is the cozy home of Bee Yard #2. This site currently hosts 10 colonies who feast on tasty Ohio wild flowers. On Valentine’s Day Mike made a feeding trip to visit the ladies. As you can see, they were eager to go on long awaited cleansing flights after weeks of below freezing temperatures.

After weeks of below freezing temperatures, the ladies at Bee Yard #2 take desperately needed cleansing flights.

After weeks of below freezing temperatures, the ladies at Bee Yard #2 take desperately needed cleansing flights.

Unfortunately, the slightly above freezing temperatures were too cold for many of the bees. While it is still too early to determine the ‘state of the hive’ for the colonies at #2, it appears that the extremely frigid weather has taken its toll. We are hopeful that continued feedings and milder weather will help struggling colonies recover.

The mid- to high-30 degree weather is still a bit too cold for the ladies. The golden spots in the snow are the remnants of cleansing flights.

The mid- to high-30 degree weather is still a bit too cold for the ladies. The golden spots in the snow are the remnants of cleansing flights.