Its a delightful 50 degrees outisde right now, and I’m astonished to find Trunchen Hive busy with bees. I suspected that a robbery was taking place, but there are live drones being taken from the hive. I don’t understand how the hive could still bees in it, given that I smacked the hive hard enough that there should’ve been at least a slight buzzing detectable. I’m really tempted to put my suit on and go open the hive up, but I don’t want to risk killing the hive if there really is one still in there. I picked one of the drones up and found its wings in a state similar to the previous drone’s.
Keep in mind that this drone had just flown to the top of our yard on his own. Isn’t he a weird color though? Every so often a really golden bee would fly out. I can see why people like italians. They are rather pretty.
So, apparently I still have bees in one of my hives, but by the looks of things they have a wing disease. And I’m really starting to wonder why they’re keeping the drones around for so long. Aren’t they supposed to have done away with them at the first sign of winter? And there is the potential that the queen is only capable of laying drones. Which would be really unfortunate. That said, if they make it well into spring then I can just requeen them and save myself some money. That is, if the wing problem is just a gene thing. I’ll have to do some research on wing deformities to see what I can find out.