Gross, gross and double gross; Hive Inspection 9/25

All right folks, lesson numero uno for today. When the bees are taking a looooong time to eat their pollen patty, don’t give them so much. Because you know what likes to eat pollen?? Yes, the small hive beetle. So what do you think we saw and which resulted in the title today?? SHB larvae in the pollen patty. I just shuddered typing that. Blech.

Needless to say, we got rid of the pollen patty in Melissa, but apparently there was no sign of SHB larvae in Demeter’s pollen patty. But we got rid of both, I just couldn’t take it.

SHB larvae

I am still amazed at how many bees there are in Melissa, it’s so neat to see. I used my phone’s voice memo feature again. I think it’s the best way to take notes during an inspection. AND I could still hear myself over the sound of my neighbor’s mowing. I just need to remember to say “open brood and “capped brood” to distinguish between the frames.

Melissa

  •      Set-up: 2 deeps, one full medium super (honey)
  •      Number of frames being worked: top deep-3-4 frames, bottom-all
  •      Queen spotted: Yes (top deep)
  •      Frames of brood: one frame in top, 4 frames in bottom
  •      Type of brood: larvae, capped, eggs
  •      Frames of bees: >10
  •      Food: pollen patty with SHB larvae!! Very small amount of patty but larvae under it.
  •      Beetle trap: saw only a couple of beetles walking around if that. Replaced a few traps.

Overall Impression: There were empty frames in the bottom deep, they had clearly eaten their honey.  Lots of bees, need more stores. Lots of brood which is good.

Plan: Feed like the dickens.

Demeter

  •      Set-up: 2 deeps, one full medium super (honey)
  •      Number of frames being worked: top deep-all, bottom-8
  •      Queen spotted: Yes (top deep)
  •      Frames of brood: 4 frames in top, 2 frames in bottom
  •      Type of brood: larvae, capped, eggs
  •      Frames of bees: >10
  •      Food: pollen patty almost gone. A ton of pollen in the bottom deep, about 6 frames of honey in top deep.
  •      Beetle trap: saw a bee carrying a beetle on her mandibles and then out of the hive! Replaced a couple of traps.

Overall Impression: They are doing really well, I think they’ll be fine for the winter.

Plan: Feed also. I’ll probably move the bees to the bottom since the queen was in the top deep of both hives. They need to be in the bottom going into the winter. I’ll treat with MAQS some time this week.

See the drones? They'll be kicked to the curb soon. Lots of pollen too.

This is the foundationless frame!!

There were several frames like this.

These are the poor nurse bees I dumped outside without THINKING! 😦

I’ve been feeding using the hive top feeders, they’ve used at least 4 and a half gallons since last Wednesday. I have About 3 more I can give them over the next few days. It’s warming up so they should be more active. But you know what? They were still in those feeders even when it was 50 degrees!

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