Hi to all,
My son and I caught a swarm, about the size of a soccer ball a week ago and transferred them to my new Flow Hive that has 8 empty frames in it. I have it on a stand about 300mm off the ground and when I remove the coreflute, I can look up into the hive from underneath and the bees are in a tight ball (hopefully around the queen) on one side of the hive. I am feeding them sugar syrup, which they have taken to quite readily and already in their coming and goings I notice many have pollen on their legs. They seem to be a very docile strain.
I also have an old plastic tablecloth - one side fluffy material, which is what Cedar advises for beetle control.
My question is when inspecting the tablecloth/coreflute, I notice there is considerable sugar crystals and bee bread on the corner under the bees and I am unsure if they need it all or is it just what they have dropped? The bees can’t reach it through the screen so I don’t know what to do with it - save it or discard it?
I am assuming the queen is present in the ball and I am hoping they are building comb for the queen to lay in but it’s probably too early to tell.
My thanks to all and Flow forum for providing a place to go for advice.