The purpose of this blog is to inform and to entertain: this post falls squarely into the first category. After several months confined to the hive, my Suffolk bees took advantage of a warmer day to take a short flight last weekend. Why ? Those of a delicate disposition should look away now…
It’s called “voiding”. It’s hard to put this politely, but the thing is – the overwintered bees are just bursting to empty their bowels. Wouldn’t you be, too, if the last time you had done so was before Christmas ?
It’s quite remarkable how bees manage to store a winter’s worth of waste in their intestine until a mild, spring-like day brings relief. But it’s a strategy which keeps them tucked up inside the hive, clustered together to survive even long, cold winters.
There. So now you know all you need to know about “voiding”. Job done, so to speak.