As a side note, my bees seem to be late risers. Most of their outside hive activity doesn't begin until after 11:30 am or so in the morning. Logically, this is probably due to the colder weather. Today's high was 62 degrees, and the low was 42 degrees. I personally like to think they don't get up early because they've been off doing something fabulous all night. Perhaps raiding the annoying neighbor's swimming pool, deftly stealing sugar water out of hummingbird feeders, or doing their cute little bee communication dance. I suspect that this behavior will change as the days get more reliably warmer.
In the mean time, I'm counting the days until I can do my first open top hive inspection and see their progress!
|My cat Black Jack is an excellent assistant beekeeper.|