This One Is The Last
Today was in the 70’s and sunny, so I opened the bees for (what is definitely going to be) the last time this year. I found the queen, she’s laying lots of new brood. There’s LOTS of honey being made, which is a very good thing. I’m not sure if feeding right now would help or hinder them. On the one hand they definitely need more honey, but on the other hand feeding them could prevent them from searching out pollen and focusing only on the sugar water. The sugar water wouldn’t convert into honey quickly enough anyway.
I found the second queen. She’s much larger than last time, about the same size as the first queen, which makes me think she’s also laying. There were about four frames of egg new eggs, not quite yet larvae. The capped brood is hatching, so I think they’re laying in shifts. Normally you should be able to find bees at all stages of development in the hive. The eggs are either freshly laid, or are capped brood. There were only a few larvae in between.
Of course, no one was home to take pictures, which is a shame because I should really have this all documented to have something to compare to next year.