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BUZZING: A colony of honey bees can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak, with one queen bee per hive

BUZZING: A colony of honey bees can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak, with one queen bee per hive

BUZZING: A colony of honey bees can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak, with one queen bee per hive

They've been busy as, well, bees, but the wet, cold summer threatens to cause a honey famine.

It means supplies of artisan Irish honey will run out by Christmas, experts say. The wettest July in more than five years wreaked havoc on honey production in the hive, according to Gerry Ryan, vice-president of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers. Pure Irish honey is going to be very scarce," he told the Sunday Independent. "A lot of beekeepers will be out of honey by Christmas." While supplies of imported honey shouldn't be affected, it's the artisan hobbyist producer, who comprise 95pc of the federation's 3,300 members, who will be short on supply, he said. "A lot of places around the country have almost zero honey," he added. A typical hive housing about 60,000 honeybees normally produces about 80lbs of honey.


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