Honey bees endure harsh spring temperatures

May 13, 2018 10:09 PM

With the warmer weather and flowers blooming all over town News10NBC became curious, how is the popular pollinator the honey bee doing?

News10NBC went out to Brighton Honey today to find out how they were doing.

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The bees are out working hard and enjoying this warm weather, but this spring was rough on them.  

“It’s all about the temperature. We had that long few days of nice 60 degree weather back in February and that’s really confusing to bees...what will happen is the queen wills start firing up because she thinks it's spring and she starts laying eggs," stated Edward Graham, bee keeper. "Those warm snaps are followed by some deep cold and that’s it. Game over. That hive will probably die. When the temperature goes down, below twenty degrees, I’m sitting in the house and going, 'here we go. I am losing hives right now.'”

He also mentioned that bees are not big fans of Rochester’s favorite flower, the Lilac.

“The biggest things with lilacs is the pollination. So every single plant has dedicated its resources to somehow attract, pollinators. Some of them put it in to pretty colors, some put it in to fragrances, some of them put it in to a treat, which is the sugar or nectar. So honey bees they typically go for those really tiny small blossoms. Those small blossoms are not putting their energy in to something big, beautiful and smelly. They are putting their energy in to a sugary treat for the bees." 

If you want to learn more about honey bees look up Brighton Honey. They give lectures on this interesting insect which is very busy this time of year, especially with all we are now seeing. 


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