Another sign that it’s been a cool spring and early summer is the scarcity of bees so far this season. But not to fear, they’re just waiting for things to warm up.
Catherine Dempsey of the NL Beekeepers Association says beekeepers usually feed their bees when it’s too cold for them to forage on their own.
Dempsey says bees generally don’t like to fly until it’s around 10 degrees, and the flowers don’t bloom until temperatures nudge up.
She says all beekeepers feed their bees at some point or other, but in Newfoundland and Labrador it’s very common, especially this time of year. They mix up a syrup of water and cane sugar and place it in the hive for the bees to eat.
She says they take the syrup away after the flowers open up because honey from nectar is better than honey from syrup.