Busy bees and lazy willies

Busy bees and lazy willies

Every little flower with blood on it is potential food for the bees. Liczewski sees the plant world with different eyes than an uninitiated hiker. "Like a hunter, looking out for the wild, I look in the area around my bee colonies for nutritious blood", liczewski points to his beehives at the edge of the forest of the front weidig in wartmannsroth.

Please the farmers

The bees fly not only to the forest bleeding, but also to bleeding rape fields. "The farmers should not spray these fields at noon, but in the evening", asked liczewski. Because then the bees are back in their nests again. When bees are exposed to agricultural sprays, they are often not allowed back into the nest because of the different smell and then perish.
Now liczewski must devote all his attention to the beehives. When the colony is too coarse and there is not enough space in the hive, the bees start to swarm and form a new colony. "The queen can become five years old", female experienced beekeeper. The usual bee, however, is only six weeks old. There are honey-collecting worker bees, worker bees for the tasks in the nest and drones that are only there to fertilize the queen. The drones are fed until the fall and then thrown out of the nest as useless eaters once they have completed their task.

Schuler stroked drones

Liczewski has already brought such drones to the elementary school students in dittlofsroda for them to look at. Since they do not sting, the schoolchildren were allowed to eat the "rotten willis" take them in hand and stroke them.
Last year, some beekeepers suffered high losses among their colonies of bees. The pernicious varroa mite is still an issue. "The use of ant acid does not help in all cases", says liczewski. The mite attacks the bee's body, creating a risk of infection. The mite reproduces protected in the bee brood, sometimes up to five in one honeycomb cell. In just under three weeks, several generations of mites are created in this way. The young bee from such a cell develops into a croupel.

Chemical mace taboo

"To avoid residues in the honey, we beekeepers cannot resort to chemical mace", he regrets not being able to help his beloved bees better. Only in the fall after the honey is spun can ant acid be used. "And if there's no more brut at christmas time, we'll take oxalsa sour too", liczewski explains. It is also contained in rhubarb, for example.
"At the beginning of my time as a beekeeper, I was sometimes so stung that my colleagues hardly recognized me," explains liczewski, liczewski remembers and adds: "despite your warnings, i just held out bravely." Liczewski gives the honey only to friends and acquaintances. "He's a hard man to sell at market stalls, he regrets. There is hardly anything to be earned from the honey anyway.

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