Wild-living Honey Bees in January

I visited the Langstroth hives at Selmeston today as we have had some beautiful spring weather and I wondered if the bees were flying. Sure, enough, they were! https://videopress.com/v/ySTaeADc?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata Their hive has completely sunken in to the ground so they are using this entrance which they opened last year. There is some very pale pollen …

Propolis

Propolis is a sticky substance produced by the bees, made primarily from tree resin which they gather all year round, but especially in spring when the sap is more readily available. It also contains wax and pollen, and various aromatic compounds and other plant nutrients which make it a useful hive product for both us …