I haven't been active on this forum for a few years. I thought that my family would mutiny if I got bees and they were threatening to do so despite that I was very into it. (I like the idea that humans can make the animals work for them, instead of the other way around. And bees seem to fit this well.) Anyway this concept kept coming back to me how miraculous honey bees are. No other organism has such a very innovative social network when animals aren't supposed to be self aware on the same level humans are...)
So where I'm going with this;
I live in Utah. Utah was once called 'deseret'; but people have it all wrong. They thought 'deseret' meant honey bee but the running joke is 'deseret' is a play on words of being super hot like a desert and low humidity with not a lot of water.
So it leaves me with a lot of worries before I get into this...I'm wondering how Beeks do water management for their hives, (and keep them from abandoning their hives) from heat and water issues? I would really like to dicuss this a bit, because here July, August especially, in Utah are kind of like Arizona in the heat.
So I wonder how people in hot dry places keep their honey bees alive? What do they do and how often? Do they supply water or just make sure its within a certain distance? And if they do supply water, how often are they checking it etc? Maybe this is a good question for Arizona people too actually?
I ...wish I could put a lot of questions here just about this issue. I actually don't live in a deseret exactly but it can be pretty dry here. (And the mountains near us we had snow on them all the way up until first week of July but this isn't normal. I hope this gives you an idea what things are like here.)
And are people still able to do swarm trapping to get free bees? And, especially in places like Utah, Idaho, etc?
Thanks. And I hope everyone gets tons of honey and has a successful bee year.