The Thomsons restaurant and Catch & the Oyster Bar hives have settled in nicely to their downtown, rooftop location and have been taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather we’ve been having. Both of the queens have been focusing all their energy on building up a large brood nest in preparation for the upcoming clover nectar flow in July. This is the most important nectar flow of the season and both hives will need as many foragers as possible to make the most of it.
The worker bees have also been busy. They’ve been doing their best to bring back plenty of nectar and pollen to the hive to keep the growing colonies fed. Bees are able to identify pollen and nectar producing plants by looking for markings on the flowers. Though bees are unable to see the colour red, they can see the ultra-violet light spectrum. Most bee-pollinated plants have evolved to attract bees by displaying specific ultra-violet markers, such as bull’s-eye or landing strips, on their flowers to attract foraging workers.
As the population grows and the next nectar flow begins, we should start to see a steady increase in the amount of honey stored in the hive. By September, we should be able to get a taste of this unique urban honey!
Thomsons restaurant needs help naming their Queen bee. Visit their Facebook page to submit your best bee name and be entered to win.