https://youtu.be/4s89_4Qongs https://youtu.be/s0RSW6P1y7g Here is the place some of my hives are located. I couldn’t get into them and fil at same time, so will just show where they are and when my wife can come and hold camera I’ll show you more. The one colony is super strong and the other a lot smaller. My purpose today was to pun in Apistan Strips, but upon close inspection of all frames I didn’t see any mites, so decided against putting them in. Soi have now added part two. I never realized how long it takes to upload a video to youtube.
Is there agriculture out there or are they mainly foraging off wild flowers?
It’s kind of hard to see, but the yellow are wild sunflowers. Before that it was clover and before that dandelions plus fruit trees in the area. My friends who own the property grow wheat, alfalfa and potatoes. Mostly the alfalfa is cut before being allowed to flower, but some do and buckwheat will grow and flower amongst the alfalfa. Over the hill behind me they have lots of fruit trees as well, but I think most of my honey has been clover this year, came out clear as water too, except the last extraction was the more common golden color of clover.
If you see mites on bees it’s usually too late. Here is a link to one of the most consistent ways to check for mites: http://www.allmorgan.com/alcohol-wash-testing-for-varroa-in-beehive/
The majority of the mites are under the brood cappings feeding on the bees. Those mite infested bees won’t be as hardy yet they have the task of being responsible for nurturing the bees that have to carry your hive through winter.
Get the test done and treat accordingly and good luck.
Here is another good tool that I use during broodless periods: http://oxavap.com/ I’ll vaporize at Thanksgiving and Groundhogs Day.
Yeah that looks like a lot of Eastern Wyoming to me (I live in Scottsbluff NE area and travel into WY a lot for work). What is the nearby town for that area?