In my last article I wrote about bees and swarming. I am reminded of an old saying “a swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon and a swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly”. With the brilliant bee weather in May and into June one would have thought that a bumper crop was inevitable. However the break in the weather put a stop to any pot of gold or whatever the load of hay is worth. A swarm of bees is only as good as the forage available to it to produce a crop of honey.

While modern hive management techniques curtail or eliminate swarming, the change in weather altered the fortunes for bee colonies negatively impacting the crop of honey.