Spring Is On Its Way
Today it was really sunny and decent enough to be outside for a few. The bees were out all day until about 3, which was awsome. I decided to open them up and have a look, just because it’s fun. I didn’t get very many pictures and only got a few frames in before it started to get chilly and windy and had to call it quits, though they were still flying around for hours after that.
Anyway, here’s a few picutres my mom took for me.
Note the obvious. They’ve moved away from the virtually empty frames, farthest from the vantage point, and are huddling close together on the frames which (might [I stopped before I got to have a look at them]) have food and some brood on them. This is done to keep the brood, and the bees, warm.
I’m not really sure what this is. Pollen maybe? I can’t think of what else it might be. It’s definitely not larvae though.
Their numbers have definitely dwindled, and the frames that used to be full of brood are completely empty, but it’s ok because spring is on its way! I think I’ll feed them the next time it’s sunny though. There wasn’t much in the way of honey stores in the three frames I pulled up.
Until the next sunny day then!