Spring is tickling our honeybee in the Pacific N.W. n Puget Sound. Before the 1st of Febuary I knew things were popping here too.
. This sensor read-out graph shows the brood temps rising rapidly here since mid January. My hives are consuming more honey n winter pattie supplies too. I've watch the hive's weight dropping at a faster rate for about a month now. I've seen orientation flights already .. Not just the purging flights.
For couple weeks now on milder days (above 45 dgs F) I've watch my girls returning with whitish pods of hazelnut pollens as my bees ramp up internal activity n brood production. It's still way too chilly for more than popping the lid n getting a quick downward peek as I check my food supplies. .
I've also completed my first mite check by placing a white sheet of paper in entrance for 24 hours n pulling it the next day. I've only seen 2 mites on one sheet 1/31/17 n again only one mite on another sheet 2/18/17 same hive. I've check n these mites are all dead ones. I'm guessing as the bees clean out there honeycombs as couple mites were tossed out with the cleaning process.
Our first nectar local plant should be in bloom within the next 4 to 7 days depending on the local weather n temps. Indian Plum (Osoberry)..
I keep detailed records of daily, weekly, monthly n yearly data n logs. Each of my five hives has a log. I keep floral/plant blooming records on larger calender to help give me info when each flower started blooming locally n in approx what sequence too. I know that's a lot n much more than most can door will do but it is helping me understand n approximately predict colony population gains to meet a flow need.
. Love my Hive monitor system. I'm a small part of a local bee research group that is recorded via 3G network to a local college. They are collecting data to help find best ways n equipment to locally winter over our Puget Sound honeybees n mite control as well.
Have a great new 2017 beekeeping season,