“That buzzing noise means something. Now, the only reason for making a buzzing noise, that I know of, is because you are … a bee! And the only reason for being a bee is to make honey. And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it!”
~ Winnie The Pooh
We agree with Pooh Bear on this topic. Unfortunately, to all of us who love honey just as much as Pooh Bear, there seems to be a honey shortage in Texas this year. So, what’s the deal? Why aren’t the bees buzzing out there and making enough honey to share with us?
Let’s start with the figure of 35 trillion. NBC News has reported that with all of the recent flooding in Texas, the Lone Star State had the wettest recorded May on the books, with 35 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough water to cover the entire state of Texas with eight inches of water!
So, what happens to bees when it rains this much? They actually behave much like we would. They stay inside to weather the storm.
Bees naturally shy away from the rain, because they are not fast insects. A honeybee’s flight speed averages out at about 15 miles per hour, whereas some dragonflies are able to hit speeds up to 40 miles per hour. If a drop of rain were to hit a bee, the impact could be fatal or make them unable to fly. When the air pressure drops, bees have internal instincts that tell them to stay inside their hives, as it is about to rain. If the bees are made to stay in their hives for consecutive days, they start to use their honey reserves, because nectar is scarce. This can lead to over-population of the hive, lack of honey, and malnutrition if stranded in the hive for too long.
Because of all these factors, you might not see an abundance of honey on our shelves this year. So hurry down to Royalty Pecan Farms, right now, and grab what’s left, before you become part of The Honey Shortage of 2015!