MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) -- It's the season that has Ohio post offices buzzing with activity as amateur beekeepers await the annual delivery of their honeybees.
Bee-supply companies, including Simpson's Bee Supply in Danville in central Ohio, mail thousands of bees each year to the insects' keepers, known as apiarists.
Carlton Simpson, the supply store's owner, tells the Columbus Dispatch Sunday (http://bit.ly/HIWX3V ) that unseasonably warm weather meant more bees survived the winter than in years past.
Simpson also has more business thanks to increased interest in home beekeeping tied to greater awareness about the decline of honeybee populations, and because of a renewed emphasis on locally grown food.
Franklin County had 906 bee colonies by the end of last year, more than either Cuyahoga or Hamilton counties.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com