No not Darth Vader, Dearth. This is what we are experiencing right now in the apiary. What this means is that there is a gap between the blooms/nectar availability in different plants. The bees are lazing around, or wandering aimlessly, colliding with walls, or my forehead. Nothing to do, except wait for the nectar to start flowing again.
This will happen in the next few days now that the rain has let up and hopefully we will have a strong Goldenrod flow that will give the honey that nice dark yellow/orange color. Bees are still bringing in lots of pollen, but this is less needed as they are raising less brood in preparation for winter hive efficiency. Too many bees to feed would make it hard to survive the long winter.
In fact, did you know that most bees only live about six weeks? Aside from the Queen who may live up to three years. Only workers that are part of the winter hive population live longer.
Here’s a picture of one of our hives yesterday. It seems the Dearth is over because they are totally ignoring the Goldenrod I have placed there. I wonder what they found that they like so much better?