Last weekend, my dad and I suited up to check the bee hives.
I added a super last month (painted seaside green) because my little hives are growing!
When the weather starts to warm, the bees will come out on their “porch” to cool off. I saw this in mid June.
And this a couple of weeks ago when the temps got in the 90’s.
The other hive hasn’t done this yet although it appears to have more bees inside.
Any time you open a hive to check, you will accidentally kill some bees. Each bee has a specific job to do in the hive. Some bees are the housekeepers. After I closed up the hive, I noticed these bees removing a dead bee from the hive. It took two bees to get it out. Once out, one bee left leaving the remaining bee to finish the job.
The white spots you see in the middle are bee larva.
The top layer of creamy white is honey. I could tell immediately when I pulled it out because it was heavier than the other frames.
I will not take any honey out this year. This is typical for a first year hive. Bees need food for winter so this will be their pantry.
The bee man at the bee meeting looked at my pics and was worried that I won’t have enough honey for winter. I still have quite a bit blooming though and I also have flowers blooming well into the fall, so I hope they get busy and prepare.
Anyone out there with bee advice, let me know what you think.