I just have to rumble - we have some terrible April days going into the second week right now.
Cold and raining and almost down to 0C some nights.
+5C and raining right now and the next 4-5 days like this in the forecast.
All the fruit bloom goes wasted for the honey bees. They are locked inside.
So typical every year up here - only few bumble bees and solitary bees are working my fruits (honey bees are next to useless as fruit pollinators up here - some people do not believe this, but fine). Dandelions started heavily but are just now closed and wet and useless.
A good thing I had a quick chance to open my nuc one day and quickly stick into a an empty frame so that they have space to build (if desired).
They are, surely, trying to grow all the while there is nothing coming in.
Contrary to a popular believe, my bees are still using dry sugar chunks (right next to the feeder jars).
I have been told to put the dry sugar away as it will NOT get used anymore.
And here you go - another myth is playing out in front my own eyes. My bees use both at once - dry and liquid sugar, because they can.
To be sure - no dry sugar crumb are dumped outside and this is not a cleanup activity. They actually are licking the sugar chunks - I did look.
I pet myself on the back for NOT listening to the conventional advice and just trying my own things.
Why take out dry sugar chunks if they do not hurt anything?
Dry sugar is just there and ready at the very moment where energy needs of the colony are at its highest and the timing is critical and the weather is terrible.
Note: the picture was taken at that rare warm opportunity when I was able to open them up about 1 week ago;