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Portage County: Bees being fed 'homemade elixir'

7:01 PM, Nov 22, 2012   |    comments
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Pamm McDowell is doing a bit of fall feeding. But this elixir of sugar water and essential oils isn't going to the birds.

This homemade nectar is going somewhere else. You can tell by her outerwear that Pamm is an apiarist. She keeps bees.

She said that, for the first time ever, she's actually feeding my bees in the fall.

Bees usually feed all winter on stored honey, but the past year was tough. We had this long period of no rain so there were few food sources for them all summer long.

Less pollen equals less honey for winter. When temperatures drop, the bees will stay in the hive, waiting for spring.

Everything they do is instinctual, highly social. They have a structure and everybody follows the rules. But they won't turn down a little help from Pamm, even if she is allergic to bee stings.

"I still love them. They are amazing little creatures, every single one of them," she says.

WKYC Photojournalist Carl Bachtel brings you Pamm's story from Portage County.

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