one of my co-workers, Sean, offered up his photography skills (and curiosity) to brave a visit to my beehives! thanks sean!
(i’ll need to correct the positioning of the pictures later…)
See how the bees fill in any extra space (bottom of the frame) with wax? the “bee space” rule has been offended. If bees see a space bigger than ~ 1 cm they fill it with wax. If less than 1/8″, they fill it with propolis.
Here you can see capped brood, the flat yellow cells. Soon more bees will emerge from here. These are worker bee (female) brood…you can tell since it is flat with the surface of the frame. IF it were drone brood the little cells would look like there was a bubble protruding from the frame.
This is hive #2, with a newly injected swarm. YOu can notice that these bees are darker than the first hive’s (probably carnoleans vs the italians in the first hive)
Also, there are more drone bees in this hive, since the laying worker (that I hope quits laying in light of the queen that came w/ the swarm) can only lay drone eggs.
I did see some capped brood in this hive that was not drone brood, that is good, and shows that the new queen is laying.
Hey, I just noticed a cell on this frame that looks like a swarm cell, see it? Just a little left of center bottom, half a peanut shell looking thing with the end opening toward the bottom. Hmmm, I hope I caught that/cut it out when I was there…else I’ll have a swarm on my hands.
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