August – What’s happening in our beehive this month ?

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Every month we receive some news from the hive that we sponsor for the association “Un toit pour les abeilles(A Shelter for Bees).

Discover the August’s news :

The month of August can be synonymous with fine harvests that continue for the bees, or on the contrary, the unfortunate reality of dried flowers…since summer is sometimes favourable and other times harsh and uncertain for our bees. The month of July ended with pleasant weather for our little workers. Foraging bees enjoyed warm summer temperatures that were conducive to visiting surrounding blossoms.
However, the first week of August arrived with a high risk for a heatwave.

It is often dangerous for humans who need to remember to keep hydrated and to avoid being outdoors when temperatures are at their highest. It is also dangerous for our foragers. The natural resources that they forage can dry up in only a few hours.

The third week of August is normally the time when we begin preparing for wintering…
Flowers gradually begin to wilt, ending the intensive, abundant honey-runs.
While waiting, the colony is organised and the change in pace that takes place in nature forces the colony to take stock within the hive.

Focus on… The colony at the end of the season

There is a French expression, “avoir le bourdon” (literally to hear the buzzing of bees), which in English means “to be down”.
When you know how life is in a beehive, you understand the meaning.

In fact, the colony reorganizes right before the wintering period. Blossoms are increasingly rare and the bees will have to rely on their reserves that they stored up during the summer.
Males have become extra mouths to feed are are chased from the beehive. Because, their role is more limited within the colony.
Males die several minutes after mating with the queen. Bees lose a portion of their abdomen with their stinger and drones lose a portion of their reproductive system that remains attached to the queen during mating.
Drones do not participate in the life in the beehive and they become a useless mouth to feed.
Drones who did not mate with the queen and are still in the hive will be expulsed and will have to leave!
Life isn’t simple for male bees!

As for the beekeeper…

For the beekeeper, this is the period for harvesting the last ‘supers’, the upper boxes that he adds to the honeycomb to harvest honey.
Then he can extract the honey with his spinner and put it into jars.

Honey is cold extracted and naturally liquid when put into jars. The phenomenon of crystallisation follows, of which we have already spoken. Crystallisation is a natural, complex phenomenon that happens at different speeds, but it is always inevitable.

Did you know?

Heather is a resistant plant. While most flowers stop blooming mid-August, common heather, or “Calluna Vulgaris”, keeps blooming until September.

Common heather is a plant that grows in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Heather grows well in siliceous soils. They are sometimes sub-shrubs, shrubs and true bushes. The flowers are more often pink, sometimes white or greenish and grow in bunches.