Hi all - today I grabbed the 73F sunny skies & went into my one hive for a fall checkup. As you may recall, this is my first colony & was started as a package in early April. They requeened in May so buildup was slow. I fed 1:1 syrup upon arrival & until nectar flow. I added a medium second brood box to the top of original deep in July, then switched it to the bottom in August when I saw the bees had built toaster waffles popping up from the top of the medium frames…looked almost full & very busy in late August…
Today - STILL one empty frame in the medium, and not completely built on the rest. All the combs in the medium were either dry or filled with pollen.
Based on that I have placed a baggie of 2:1 syrup on top of the inner cover/under the gabled roof, my method of choice as it’s simple & effective & requires no special equipment.
I squished about ten creepy hive beetles & didn’t see any more…I saw a significant varroa drop on the core flute, and one hanging off of a poor worker’s wing, so awful, but zero wax moth larvae or moths! Trap must have done the trick (a 1 litre plastic bottle (hi @skeggley ) with a hole at the top with a banana skin & borax laced syrup, hanging on the fence behind the hive)
I dislodged a small chunk of the gorgeous, deep amber honey comb while muscling out the first frame (perpetual cross combing in my house) to have a look…
I also watched a couple of drones getting bounced, and killed one yellow jacketed invader.
All in all, I didn’t do anything I haven’t done before exactly, but I feel I’ve turned a corner in my attitude & ability. I dunno, I just feel a bit more confident now.
Thanks for reading & for any advice or input you want to share!