Re: Bees in pine needles, being sap gathered for propolis?
Actually, did you notice any wasps and yellow jackets in the same vicinity?
Originally Posted by DoubleNaughtSpy
They very well may be there too collecting the same sap.
It is sweet - one of of the sources of so-called "honey dew" honey and bad for the bees.
Just few days ago I observed a similar activity at one of my yards - tons of wasps licking off sap off the white pine needles and almost swarming around the pines.
Not good - the bees could be doing the same and taking the junk into the hives.
Better feed sugar syrup then, to at least dilute the stuff.
PS: if you are in TX, less critical; up here - more critical; last winter I lost bees to, possibly, bad honey.
Last edited by GregV; 10-03-2019 at 09:41 AM.
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