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6. Once feeding remember to keep feeders topped up, 18 - 20kg of stores is an average to get a colony through winter. Heft the hive to get a feel for the weight so you can compare later.

7. Good time to put entrance block in especially if feeding syrup.

8. Strap down hive & weigh down hives, Autumn storms often start now.

9. During inspections check for any disease.

10. Supers are often best removed by now as forage is likely to be dwindling. Some like a super with store underneath the brood box over winter, it lifts the bees off open and floors. If you do this remove queen excluders.

11. Clean and store equipment, if storing drawn frames its best to seal them up to try to avoid attracting wax moth.

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A honey bee is an insect - how can you tell?

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A honey bee is an insect and has a body in three parts, a head, a thorax and an abdomen. It has three pairs of jointed legs, feelers or antennae, and usually two pairs of wings.

In addition it will have:-

  • a hard skeleton that is on the outside of its body (with holes for breathing)
  • a small size (0.02cm to 11.5cm in length) which allows it to reproduce to easily
  • it will hatch from an egg
  • it will undergo metamorphasis as it grows (the insect's body changes from an adult form through a major change in its body tissues).

Our honey bee has many extra special extras:

  1. It has 5 eyes and can see ultra violet light.
  2. It can fly.
  3. It uses the sun and other landmarks to find its way.
  4. It can dance to show other bees where to find food.
  5. It has special 'baskets' made of stiff, curving hairs on its back legs, to carry pollen back to the hive.
  6. It has a sting (ouch!) to defend itself - but when it stings a human the bee dies!!
  7. It is a social insect - it lives in a colony with other honey bees.  Each bee works in co-operation with others, for the good of the colony as a whole.
  8. It feeds on flowers (nectar and pollen) and pollinates (fertilises) the flowers at the same time.
  9. It builds honeycomb nests and makes honey.
  10. It survives the winter by eating stored honey and keeping warm with the other bees.

Remember to tell your friends and classmates about honeybees - they will be amazed how much you know!