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At the beginning of June, many of the wild bee plants have ceased flowering, and if there are no flowering crops in the area, there can suddenly be a greatly reduced amount of food coming into the hive. This is at a time when the population is at its peak, and with so many mouths to feed, and little forage, food shortage can be a problem. This period in the beekeeping year is known as the 'June gap'. Check for stores and feed as required. If there are no honey supers on you can feed sugar syrup at a rate of 1kg to ½ litre of water in a contact or rapid feeder. If there are honey supers on feed fondant, which will not be stored in the supers.