B+33 Days and counting...
65 degrees, sunny with a slight breeze
As the hives are now well past the 21 days it takes for a newly laid egg to develop into a new bee, I am expecting to see quite a bit of population build up during this inspection. Up until recently, the population would have been slowly decreasing as the original bees that came in the packages were dying off, either of old age or other causes. Assuming that my queens are laying a lot of eggs, I hope to see more worker bees.
As I began to inspect the frames, I also had to make more of an effort to pry them apart as they had also been stuck together. The bees are currently covering about four out of ten frames. I spotted lots of capped honey, pollen and brood. I was hoping to see more bees in this hive and more capped brood but maybe the queen is still a bit skeptical laying eggs in these plastic frames.
Having seen everything I wanted to, I closed up the hive and removed the empty feeder jar. I think at this point there should be enough natural nectar sources that they no longer need any supplemental feeding.
This hive is coming along nicely and the bees have built up partial combs on six of the ten frames.
I'm pleased with their progress and I am especially happy that there
appears to be a much more uniform brood pattern on these frames. As you can see in this photo, they have drawn out about 60% of the frame and it is almost entirely covered in sealed brood. There are only a few open cells, either where the support wire is or where a bee has already hatched. Even in the hatched cells the queen has already laid a new egg there!
In this photo you can really see the difference in the area where the bees have already hatched.
Continuing the inspection, I found two frames that had been connected by comb the bees decided to build between the two frames.
Inspecting the last few frames I was treated to another gift.......the Green Queen has been spotted!
As with the White Hive, I completed the inspection and removed the empty feeder jar.
In closing, I was very happy to have spotted both queens. Both hives appear to be doing well and as I often tell people, "I haven't managed to kill them all yet".
Thanks again for reading, and I'll leave you with this AWESOME picture that my wife took from one of the frames in Green Hive. It has already become the desktop background on my computer. I don't know how she captured the light and geometry so perfectly, but she really did a great job. You can also witness a new bee chewing her way out of her cell here (just to the right of the center of the photo). This photo really shows the miracle of God's creation!