Each spring, the population of John Knapstein’s Forest Hill property grows by the thousands. The honeybee population, that is.
“By early March, the queen bee starts to lay eggs, and she lays between 1,500 and 2,000 eggs a day,” says Knapstein, beekeeper and owner of Top of the Hill Apiary.
Come May and June – the population’s peak – more than 80,000 bees make the five box-like hives on Knapstein’s property their home, pollinating plants as far as five miles away and producing up to 150 pounds of honey a year.
It’s quite a sight, Knapstein says, while sitting inside his “honey house” – a shed where he keeps equipment to care for the hives and extract honey.