Of the 100 staple crops that provide 90% of the world’s food – bees pollinate 71 of them.
However, since the early 2000’s, their numbers have been dropping off precipitously. In fact, in a survey of amateur and commercial beekeepers in the United States this past spring showed that 1/3 of the hives in the US did not survive the winter, that has nothing to do with colony collapse, that has everything to do with inability to overwinter.
Our bees were from a swarm that moved into the neighbors empty boxes this past spring, and because another swarm moved into their other boxes, they are helping us learn the hobby. The bees appear to be Italians (it’s the mustache and the accents…) because of their temperament and coloration (they look very dark in the above picture – they are typically much lighter) The above photo was taken about a month in. There were 4 frames loaded like this with brood and a 5th that was partial. Our little queen was a busy girl for the month that they’ve been here. We’re working at this point to help get them ready for winter, and hopefully have them come into the springtime as an extremely healthy colony.
Check in on the blog for periodic updates to our efforts.