Drastic Changes in Weather

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Slowmodem, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    It was 85F/29.444C here yesterday (Monday). Here's the National Weather Service forecast for Wed/Thu:

    (sorry about the all caps)

    I imagine that the cold temps will do in most tender plants.

    What I wonder is how do the bees take it? That's a big change. I imagine that they can sense the shorter days and cooler temps (preparing for winter and all). But 55F change is a lot.
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    the poor drones gonna die! for the remainder... life goes on all huddled together in the warm glow of female companionship.
     

  3. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Were getting that cold front here in SW Mo. today and tomorrow then back up to the sixties. Nothing blooming here but the aster and the girls are all over it.I remember some old time beekeepers say that a light frost makes the aster better for the bees. Anyone know if there is any truth to that. :confused: Jack
     
  4. tecumseh

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    Good question Jack... it will likely be a while before we see any frost here. I still have hopes my last graft of queens gets mated since I still see drones in the hives.