A few bees walking around the top of the frames.
It has been a long time coming but the sun is out and the mercury has risen giving our bees the opportunity to get out into the fresh work those muscles.
We have been told about colonies not coming through the winter so I was worried about our hives but so far the ones in Battersea are all well and the hive in Wallington is amazingly strong. 2012 10 frames of bees. Don’t understand how that can be but there it was. Kanken I gave them a new brood with new foundation and some drawn out comb. 90 femme 2017 Hopefully the queen will move up into the clean parts. Backpack Then I can isolate her with a queen excluder for 3 weeks when all the brood has hatched.
Look at the little claws on the tarsals.
Here is a brood box with dummy sections on the side of 5 frames.
I put this on top of a colony to get the bees of the old comb and onto the new clean comb.
After harvesting a super of honey I gave the bees back the empty wet frames for them to lick clean. I did this first thing this morning which sent the bees into a frenetic buzz looking for the source of this amazing food. This meant loads of foragers went looking for it outside the hive. kwazi It took them about an hour to realise that the food was not outside the hive but inside the hive above the clearing board. During that hour I had hundreds (or so it seemed) of bees checking out the porch, roshe run kitchen,
Battersea – I was expecting a super full of honey but instead I got a queen in the super. huarache At least she is a laying queen proven by the brood over a couple of frames.
There didn’t seem to be many bees though so I reckon they swarmed when we were away on holiday.
I replaced a couple of the empty brood frames with the two of the super frames that had the brood on them and placed the queen back downstairs.
We had the BBC Newsnight crew over today to film us talking about A World without Bees and they wanted us to open the hive to get some shots of urban beekeepers. I thought we would just go through the motions and open the super and see some honey and the brood that I put up there last week. Backpack When we opened the hive we saw brood in all stages in the super. Kanken This means that there is a laying queen upstairs – again. I don’t understand why and how she is getting through the queen excluder. Or maybe the hive has two queens.