The summer was going great with my hive until a few days ago. I went in for my hive inspection and and there were a few issues:
- Hive beetles present and larva in the tray. I am installing hive beetle traps today and put veggie oil in the tray, which has been effective in killing any larva and beetles that fall into the tray. When inspecting the hive, I didn’t seem many beetles, only about 2 and managed to kill them both. They must be hiding where I can’t see them. Hopefully the traps will help!
- The queen also does not seem to be present in the hive. From the larva that I can see, it looks like she last laid a few days ago. I see a queen cell in progress with a larva in it, so hopefully they are breeding a new queen.
- The oddest thing was that there is brood in the Super! We have a queen excluder, so I am not sure how the queen couldn’t gotten up there. My first thought is that we have other bees laying drone brood up there, but some of the brood looks like it’s worker brood. This is only my second season of beekeeping, so I’m not totally sure, but am hoping someone can take a look? The first picture is of the Super with brood and the second picture is one of our brood frames and the third picture is of the queen cell with a larva inside.
If anyone has any insights, I would greatly appreciate it!