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The winter solstice 21 December. When does the queen start laying eggs?

Today is 21 December and that means it’s the day of the winter solstice. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Because bees perceive changes in day length much more accurately than humans, their reproductive cycle is affected by these changes.

After the winter solstice, the queen begins to lay her first eggs, and the intensity of egg-laying will increase until the summer solstice. At present, the queen lays only a few eggs per week, but she will increase her egg-laying as spring approaches and will reach about 2000 eggs per day.

Do you know what your bees are doing?

If you are interested in keeping track of what your bees are doing, you can get a Beezum eHive Heart, which will help you keep track of your hive.