|White and Green Hives. Life long buddies.|
Upon opening the hive up, the first thing I found was that instead of hanging out in the middle of the hive, they've chosen one side over the other. It must smell better over there or maybe there was more honey and pollen left on those frames from last year?
|The Left side is where the cool kids hang out|
Some pretty typical orange and yellow colors for this time of year. I was hoping that the bees would have a chance of gathering some steel blue colored pollen from the Siberian Squill I planted but the blooms were already spent by the time the bees arrived. Maybe next year.
Moving on to frame 7 I spotted the first frame of capped brood.
|Future baby bees|
It has only been about 14 days since the bees were installed and usually it takes a few days for the queen to be released from her cage, and then maybe a few more days before she even starts laying eggs. The eggs hatch into larvae and then the cell is sealed on day 9. So, I'm guessing these cells have only been capped for a few days at most. If that means the eggs were laid 12 days ago, then in 9 more days they will start hatching. Then we'll get to see what this queen's genetics are going to look like. This hive has been a bit more "touchy" than the Green Hive so far. Hopefully when the new bees take over they will have a little calmer disposition.
I love the look of new comb on foundationless frames! Green Hive did not disappoint me either.
|New comb being formed|
Well, this queen has been filling the frames with brood.
|Pretty solid brood|
A few frames over I was able to grab a nice close up of the developing larva.
|"C" shaped larva|
I'm really glad to see both hives getting off to a really good start so far in 2015!
I have completed my solar Arduino setup and I plan on deploying that again soon. I also plan on taking some of the remaining honey frames from the hive that died this past winter and feeding it back to the bees.
Until next time, thanks for reading!