31 Jul '18, 5pm

What is nectar dearth?

What is nectar dearth?

Summer is a pleasant time for many creatures, but for bees, it can be a challenge. This season is a common time for nectar dearth. As the name implies, a nectar dearth is a time of nectar scarcity. These periods differ from area to area, but they are marked by high temperatures when flowers are dry. The transition between seasons, like spring to summer and summer to autumn, when plants are ending and beginning their respective life cycles, can also result in a dearth. Dearths can be devastating to colonies as it means there's less food to go around, especially if the previous season was one of milk and honey for the bees. Bee populations swell when there's plenty of nectar, but if there's less nectar, that bigger population can go hungry. Beekeepers can inadvertently compound a dearth if they've already taken honey from the hive, reducing the bees' stores further. But even...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/s...

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