We’ve got yet another instalment in my tedious series of cell phone videos, this time covering December 2017. It’s only 5 minutes long.
Nobody’s watching these videos, but I like them because they give an honest look of what beekeeping is really like. Most of the time I’m just standing around watching the bees, trying to figure out what’s going on.
Other than a few shots from my thermal imaging camera, this time around, the big observation is about the large number of drones still in the hive even in the month of December. That seems late, but I’ve noticed the same thing happening this year (in 2019). The norm used to be that the drones were expelled some time in the fall, usually September or October. But I have several hives that, until just a week or so ago, had so many drones, you’d think it was mating season, which it is not.
I have no explanation for this yet. I’m still comparing the data (I guess you could call it), the main data being the weather patterns from 2017 and 2019. It was unusually warm in December 2017, but it’s the usual damp freezing cold for December 2019. It’s not really adding up, is it? Maybe there’s something in the wind that triggers late-season development of drones.
Check out my Month of December category for a sense of things that might happen for backyard beekeepers on the east coast of the island of Newfoundland in the month of December.
Postscript: This post, although written and uploaded in 2019, will be dated for December 2017 because I like to keep things in chronological order.