Day 5 of treatment and the girls were out in force today. It was wonderfully sunny and very windy. I was really worried about Melissa: yesterday I popped the lid to see if any bees were in the empty hive top feeder, no bees! Not even humming. So I knocked on the hive, quite vigorously, and still nothing.
So I was very relieved to see lots of bees from both hives out and about today. They were finding pollen, not tons but something at least.
My husband and a friend were brewing beer today and while they were sitting on our patio, hornets flew around them. One flew onto my husband’s beer glass!! Though it walked into the glass, it flew out before it fell. I found three hornets struggling in my freshly-made traps, hopefully those included the two flying around the patio.
That old trap from the beginning of September was still trapping hornets. Check this out:
I had to stuff the entrance to make sure they didn’t get out. Unreal that this trap is still working almost 2 months later. The only thing I would change is to make it bigger!!
I can feed the bees starting Monday (day 7 of Varroa treatment), I can’t wait to do a hive inspection. I only hope the weather cooperates!