Do temperatures affect honeybee production?

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MARION COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- As we change seasons, it's time to look at how the new season with affect the local honeybee population.

Bees can produce 80 to 90 pounds of honey in a hive of 60,000 to 80,000 members. As temperatures drop, the production drops as well. Bees become dormant as temperatures fall past the lower 50s. They take pollen from flowers such as goldenrod, white clover, and dandelion.

Rain also has an impact on the production of honey through the year.

"The weather has an effect on bees. Conditions like rain, the nectar gets pushed away from the plants and blossoms on trees, as well as flowers. The bees cannot work, in some instances, some of the nectar is not replaced for at least 24 hours and it washed away," said Chuck Cienawski, with the West Virginia Beekeepers Association.

As temperatures continue to fall in the coming months, so will the output of honeybees.