For the most part, the bees have been doing well and are going about their bee business with ease. Hive beetles have still been an annoyance, but they seem mainly to be on the bottom board and in the first brood super. For the most part, my bees seem to be keeping the beetle population in check, and they don't seem to be ruining any honey. Still, they are annoying ... probably more to me than to the bees, but I'm still researching other methods of dealing with them. The beetle jail I had previously purchased is working, and to my surprise, has also been good for controlling any ants that sneak into the hive.
|The bees starting to chase a small hive beetle.|
|The same beetle a little further down the bottom board. Many more bees have come to help take care of the intruder.|
The weather has been hot. Really hot (100-104 degrees) and at times, has lasted for several days in a row. Making sure that the bees have water has been imperative. Luckily I have a two-tier bird bath/fountain and am less than a mile from the Ohio River. The hot weather has also made hive activity slow waaaaaay down. It has been very interesting to see how sensitive honeybees are to the weather. Earlier in the year it was too cold, now it is too hot, however I suppose that if I was flying several miles a day, I'd also be picky about the weather. Hot weather also means more bees in the hive which inevitably means there are more bored bees on guard duty (thus more stings). I did get stung once when I was breaking down the hive before vacation, but I haven't had a problem since.
|The hive about 10:30 pm on July 17th. The bees hang on the outside to stay cooler.|
|Inspecting a honey frame.|
|Light honey in the middle, with darker honey on either side.|
|Capped honey in the harvested frame.|