Hi, I’m in Western Australia and so in the middle of winter. Last week was cold and wet by our standards (loads of heavy rain and temperatures 3-14ºC. Then over the weekend the temperatures increased significantly 21ºC in the day, although there was still rain.
The bees have maintained a low level of activity through winter but have significantly increased activity over the past few days. They were working away in the flow hive on the weekend, which I’m pretty sure was a sign of collecting nectar and there’s been plenty of pollen coming in.
Today there were loads of bees out doing orientation flights (almost as many as you see in summer). Does this mean that the nurse bees are starting to develop into foragers and that the queen is beginning to expand the colony? Does them starting this still in the middle of winter give you any cause for concern (i.e. if it turns cold again, will the colony suffer?)