With less nectar available, bees will defend their honey from all other bees. At times, several strong colonies will work together and kill off a weaker colony and rob them of their honey.
Bees will continue to search for nectar but the major nectar flow is done for the year. Bees will continue to fan down the nectar into honey and work hard to find new nectar with little success
The queen is slowing down her egg laying as the days get shorter.
September is when we harvest the honey. First we take it from the bees and then extract and store this years crop. It gets heavier as the harvest nears the end. We are also packaging comb honey which is quite labor intense and pack orders for several local apple orchards so they can have honey in their stores.