The June Gap refers to a phenomenon in which a shortage of forage available for bees occurs (typically in June) and has been observed in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Subsequent to the massive volume of pollen and nectar produced by trees and hedges in the spring, there is a reduction in the amount of nectar available to the bees due long grasses and dandelions suppressing many wildflowers. Before the herbaceous "summer rush" of July-through-September which reinstates the high level of nectar, the high hive populations brought around by trees in the spring struggle to produce honey and may lay less eggs. Beekeepers need pay special attention to the levels of honey in the hive as well as the level of water the bees use during this gap.Annual weather patterns can cause this event to occur later or earlier.
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