Covid -19 impact
A wet start
Nosema is the bee equivalent of diarrhoea. The disease spreads when spores passed through the digestive system of an infected bee, are ingested by a healthy worker bee. The spores can contaminate water sources, food sources or be picked up by bees cleaning waste material, specifically faeces, from within and around the entrance of the hive.
There are two reasons: Firstly, the roof of the affected colony was sadly blown off during one of the first storms we experienced this winter, which led to the bees getting damp. Bees hate damp. The condition can be a main cause of colony loss during winter months. Whilst bees can tolerate cold, if they become damp they often don’t survive.
A terrific sight and an eye to the future
Until next time, keep safe, keep well and if you can stand to see a few dandelions on your lawn or borders think about leaving them, just until they finish flowering. The bees love them. What is it they say, “One man’s weeds are another man’s wildflower”?