Hi everyone. I have had my bees since June. It is now super hot and dry, sometimes 40 degrees C for days and days. I am in thr Rome, Italy area.
My last hive inspection was fine. Spotted the queen, no varroa.
I saw a little of this brown stuff at the entrance. I removed it.
But this morning the entire front is covered in it. And on the right hand side it looks like a tomb of a large insect.
I have noticed hornets and wasps have been coming around the hive and I know they close up the hive with propolis for winter, but this is August. I know they use propolis to close the hive to prevent invaders, so that makes sensenas well considering all the huge hornets and the wasps I see trying to enter.
Is there something wrong here or is this normal?
For me it doesn’t look like propolis in photos i have seen. It is brown and sticky.