Given fine weather, with a little rain to refresh the flowers, June is the peak month for honeybee activity. The queen in the colony may be laying up to 2,000 eggs a day. Most of them are destined to develop into infertile female worker bees but a few hatch into drones, male bees.
Caroline Dilke is one of the West Dorset Beekeepers who will collect honeybee swarms in the area. She explains the process and the ‘strange madness’ that comes over beekeepers when dealing with this phenomenon.