Ok so I’ve seen enough winter dead outs so I thought I’d share what I came home to this arvo.
First a quick briefing. Here in the lovely Perth Hills there is plenty of parkland and trees galore, good ol’ Aussie bush, what more could a nectar loving insect want?
As it turns out nectar is not only what they want but what they need… By all reports its been a really poor season in fact the worst in a decade. I’ve heard of commercial guys having turned up to their out apiaries finding dead outs.
A couple of weeks ago I moved a hive and was surprised at the weight or lack of I should say so once moved I started to feed. Unfortunately I neglected the colony beside this one, it was after all on the cusp of a proliferation of a eucalyptus flow, buds on all the trees, only a short time before they bloom.
Three days of poor weather, rain and wind. Although a pleasant change from the hot weather in the high 30’s to low 40’s. But it seems there were no stores in this other hive and they ran out not being able to go out and forage.
Essentially this is a warning to others to beware of dearths, they can sneak up on you and bite you on the ass.
Don’t be complacent like me.
I’m now feeding and hopefully the colony will pull through, time will tell.