Bees, A Rhyme About Bees and the Time of Bee Swarming, Birds and Beasts in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Wales
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Title: Bees, A Rhyme About Bees and the Time of Bee Swarming


The month in which bees swarm is considered of the greatest importance, and undoubtedly it is so, for the sooner they swarm, the longer their summer, and therefore the greater the quantity of honey which they will accumulate. A late swarm cannot gather honey from every opening flower, because the flower season will have partly passed away before they leave their old home.|This faith has found expression in the following lines:—|A swarm of bees in May,| Is worth a load of hay;| A swarm of bees in June,| Is worth a silver spoon;| A swarm of bees in July,| Is not worth a fly.|These words are often uttered by cottagers when a swarm takes place in the respective months named in the lines. It is really very seldom that a swarm takes place in our days in May, and many a swarm takes place in July which is of more value than a fly, But however, be this as it may, the rhyme expresses the belief of many people.


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