Honeybees, swarms, and this year’s fruit set

About 20 feet from their hive, these honeybees decided to follow their queen. The next day they had moved over to a different branch in the same apple tree.

These honeybees decided to follow their queen to a tree 25 feet from their hive. The next day they had moved over to a different branch in the same apple tree.

Why do honeybees swarm? The easiest answer is that they follow their queen wherever she decides to go.

Young peaches in mid June 2013.

Young peaches in mid-June 2013.

Is there more to it? The extension service of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has an answer for us.

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Young apples in mid-June 2013.

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Young Northstar (sour) cherries in mid-June 2013.

As for the good fruit set we have this year on the apples, cherry and peach trees, I am sure the honeybees played a role. In addition, we had more favorable rains this year than last. We have had lots of moisture, no late freezes, and adequate moisture in the subsoil (despite last year’s drought), to carry our trees through to this year.

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One Response

  1. Have you had a problem with your honeybees dying off? You have beekeepers who bring hives every year, don’t you?

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