Honey, I'm Home
Byline: by Eanna Ni Lamhna
THIS is the international year of the honeybee and the good news is that honeybees in Ireland are doing very well, thank you. Stories of 'colony collapse' in America and other places have led people to believe that bees everywhere are on the verge of extinction but the story on Irish bees is good.
The warmest and driest April for decades has meant that flowers have bloomed earlier and the honeybees have been able to work tirelessly collecting food. They don't fly in the rain but rain did not interrupt play at all. In fact, bee colonies increased so much in size that swarms appeared during the month of April.
So unusual is this that the rhyme that tells us about the value of swarms actually hasn't got a category for ones that appear as early as April: a swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon but a swarm of bees in July is hardly worth a fly.
Honeybees are the goody-goodies of garden insects. They have always been prized by man because of the honey they produce. We only have the one species in this country, Apis …
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Publication information: Article title: Honey, I'm Home. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: May 17, 2011. Page number: 13. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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