Quiz 5 - Forage
This is a 12 question multiple choice quiz, select the correct answers!
What are the main sources of good honeybee forage?
- A range of trees, shrubs, flowers and farm crops across the seasons.
- A range of trees, shrubs, crops and waste bins.
- Any sources of sweet sugary items including wate bins and rubbisj tips.
- Bees will forage on anything at all within distance from the hive.
What is known as the 'June Gap'?
- A period in June when the beekeeper can take a couple of weeks off.
- The period between May and July when the bees are resting.
- The period in June when spring flowers have finished and the summers flowers are not yet in bloom.
- The period in June when foraging stops and swarming starts.
Which are normally the first sources of pollen in the spring?
- Daffodils, tulips, and gorse are the first.
- Sycamore, Lime, willow , heather, and iris are the first to bloom.
- Early flowering snow drops, and crocus, then hazel, willow, and alder, followed by sycamore.
- Elderberry, gorse, heather, and snow drops.
Are there any drawbacks big field of single species crops?
- No, they offer very good forage potential and a big honey crop.
- No drawbacks, they produce all the bees dietary needs.
- No, it helps the bees buildup there numbers in the hive.
- Yes, it lacks the variety of pollen and nectar normally neccessary for healthy brood.
What are the dangers associated with taking off a spring crop of honey'?
- The June gap, summer flower forage dependant on weather, maximum colony strength.
- The bees have not had time to propely mature the honey.
- The colony becomes overcrowded without the honey supers to rest in.
- The colony becomes very bad tempered and difficult to manage.
What is the critical factor for summer forage?
- The length of days and amount of sunshine hours.
- The weather, too hot or too wet affects pollen and nectar availability.
- The distance summer flowers are from the apiary.
- The variety of different species available in the forage area.
What are the main considerations for late autumn stores of honey?
- To take the crop off and extract it as soon as possible.
- Getting the honey extracted, jarred and stored safely at home.
- Taking the crop off and feeding the colony up for winter.
- Only taking half the crop off and leaving the rest for the bees.
Can you feed heavy syrup to the colony right through winter?
- Yes, they will only take what food they need.
- Yes, they will store any that they don't immediately eat right through winter.
- Yes, it keeps well so keep feeding it whether they need it or not.
- No, they cannot convert it below 8 degrees C and it will go off.
When it is too cold for syrup feed what else should you use?
- Fondant, candy or sugar bags can be used right through the winter.
- Any sweet sugary substances can be fed to your bees.
- Use any old collected honey that you haven't extracted or jarred.
- Pour heavy syrup directly into the brood box so the colony can reach it.
What must you check for when artificially feeding your colonies in winter?
- Only check that there is enough feed to last all winter.
- There is no need to check once you have put the feed in.
- Check that there is enough and that the bees have direct access to it.
- Check that they are taking it down into the hive.
Apart from feed, what other things should you check for in winter?
- Check that the entrance is completely closed to stop draughts.
- Leave the crown board off to allow a good flow of air through the hive.
- Keep mice out with guards, stop all draughts, close up open mesh floors.
- Put a mouse trap inside each hive to catch mice.
Where should fondant, candy or sugar bags be placed in the hive?
- Remove a few brood frames and put the feed in the gap.
- Put an extra empty super on top of the crown board to contain the feed.
- Remove the outer frames on one side of the brood, put the feed there.
- Use an Eke and place the feed directly on top of the brood frames.