Bee Update

Yay! Two posts from yours truly in one day. We checked on the bees and alas they have yet to move into their penthouse apartment. The mid-sized super is still vacant. It has a lot of bees in it and they’ve waxed all the frame seams but no honeycomb on any of the frames.  Not sure what the deal is but with nothing going on up there, it pretty much assures us that we’ll get no honey this year from our lone hive.

My streak continues though as I was the first to spot our queen during our routine inspection. This time she was on frame seven of the first super…the middle box in the hive.  This is where she usually is when we see her. Usually on frame four through seven, which is smack dab in the middle of the hive. As we inspect frames we see about two or three with honey on them then the middle ones have eggs and brood.  We didn’t see many eggs, but lots of capped and yet to be capped brood so that was good. Once we saw the queen and all looked well we didn’t bother checking the lower box this time around.

The hive looks really good, knock on wood. Only incident was Christine got stung through her glove today, her first sting. It didn’t bother her one bit. I’d cry like a little girl but just another day at the office for her. I don’t even think she put any “stuff” on the sting when she got inside the house.  She’s tougher than you think.

It was good to see our girls again. They look great and we missed them. We’re glad they are doing so well and it looks like they are enjoying our yard and flowers. And no big deal about the honey. We can get some next year.  Yay bees!

Checking the hive.  We look every two weeks or so. Today was sunny and warm and our population is back to normal so bees were flying everywhere.

Checking the hive. We look every two weeks or so. Today was sunny and warm and our population is back to normal so bees were flying everywhere.

Bees doing their thing in the hive.

Bees doing their thing in the hive.

When our girls are lined up like this they mean business. Time to smoke them lest we have a cloud of angry bees buzzing us.

When our girls are lined up like this they mean business. Time to smoke them lest we have a cloud of angry bees buzzing us.

You can see larvae waiting to be capped. The little white maggot looking things inside the various cells.

You can see larvae waiting to be capped. The little white maggot looking things inside the various cells.

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