I did an inspection on the bees Saturday. Remember that swarm that Paul gave me? It was gone. *sigh* I think I must have bee cooties because these bees just do not like me.
The other hives are doing well, however. I added a third box to the swarm I caught a couple weeks back. Fred and Hans Huberman look like they will need a second box in the next week or two so I’ll keep a close eye on them. Phyllis, the terribly small hive, looks like it might be a bit larger now. They’re building comb and seem to be doing well considering. I can’t get enough of the natural comb in the foundationless frames!! It’s so fascinating to watch and gorgeous! I did note one issue in… Hans Huberman, I believe? (I jotted down notes when I came in but I don’t have them handy right now.) There were a couple of queen cells, both near the middle of the frames. One cut open neatly around the bottom and the second, a few frames over, was still intact. I didn’t look at every single frame so there might have been more for all I know.
Random pics from the inspection to follow…
Photos courtesy of a certain nine-year-old boy who does strange things with the camera when I’m not looking. And who has cilantro stuck in his teeth.