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Longer Days

Have you noticed that the days are getting longer?  No?  Well, the queen bee has.  As the amount of daylight increases, the queen bee senses this change and slowly begins laying eggs.  Not a lot, mind you, as it is still winter and its cold. Nevertheless, the workers keep the queen warm and fed.  Once she starts laying eggs, they will raise the temperature inside the hive to 90° so that the eggs will hatch and begin developing. The pollen and honey that the bees collected last summer will be used to feed the larvae.  The workers won’t leave the hive until the outside temperature gets above 50° and I’m afraid that will be quite a while yet!

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