As introduction, I am simply an urban dweller with a natural bee hive in my garden. But since I do understand the importance of bees and believe bees are endangered, I have left them undisturbed for about three years now.
I am worried about the hive’s health though. I have been seeing larvae crawling on the outside of the hive. I really know nothing of bees yet and am not sure if that is normal or if it is perhaps even fly larvae feeding on the hive. The hive had a huge population but now I do not see many bees anymore and it is still quite hot here but nearing end of Summer.
To top it all off, my 3.5 year old boy went and threw sand in what I consider to be the main entrance to the hive. I would have vacuumed the sand out but I had just been burgled of my vacuum cleaner.
The opening edges of the hive have also become dark and shiny. Not sure if that is normal or a bad sign.
It is night time now and will attach some picks as best I can and take some more tomorrow.
I would like to learn more and hope to assist the hive in recovery if needed. And as a bonus I would like to learn how to harvest some honey as well. But their health is my primary concern for now.