The next colonies ( he talks about a hiveīs check) shows an almost opposite picture. At first glance, one might think that honeycomb construction is unoccupied. It is from the top of the frames due to the honeycomb no bee to see. But I know from the feeding ago a similar strong colony as the previously is sitting. It remains bombproof in the winter cluster. Even the mild weather of recent weeks could not tempt him to loosen his cluster. Itīs inner clock is set for later awakening, when it`s breeding cycle will start again. These are the colonies I prefer. They have the most economical consumption of power and stores. Their honey domes from the previous year are still present on top of the early nest , so that the fresh honey flows fully into the new crop. His old bees forage most of the early spring honey, as they are still little worked out. It is a mistake to believe that only the early-starting colonies would produce much early-spring honey. In the latter, the long-lived winter bees are already used up before the early harvest, the winter stores completely consumed. A late winter brings such colonies in serious danger because they can no longer enforce force, pollen and stores. You have operated an unnecessary bee brood action for our northern region. Today is added that not only the Nosema but also the Varroa finds a favorable development field in them. The mites have a great developmental advantage, which allows them to grow early. This brings together several negative assumptions that favor the collapse of such colonies.
Late breeders, on the other hand, force the Varroa to take a longer break and support the fight against the pest.