March can be a harsh time for Apis mellifera, the honeybee. Honey stores may be depleted or nearly so, and the vacillating temperatures may interrupt or delay the pattern of many flowering trees and herbs. As the daylight hours begin to lengthen, the queen ratchets up her egg laying activity, forcing workers to forage for nectar further afield in order to meet the demands of this rapidly growing population. Dependent on the region and weather conditions, natural food choices may be limited. Learn how the beekeeper can help his hive through the start-and-stop of spring.