New beekeeper here - Received my nuc one year ago - strong hive, lots of bees. I live in Australia in NSW.
I put my super on about November and they started filling up with honey almost immediately.
About 2 weeks ago there was a good looking amount of honey coming in to the flow. It’s been hot and the bees have been bearding for about 2 weeks most afternoons. After checking in with a few different sources and advice I harvested about 1/5th of the frame that was doing the best just last Friday. (mid frame in the photo). You can see in the photo how well it was doing 2 weeks ago.
After harvesting that single jar we have had a severe heat wave for three days where we are. (according to the media Saturday registered the hottest day on the planet in 10 different places in our state!!).
Checking in the observation window now - 2 weeks after the photo (and 3 days after harvest) all the 5 frames with honey left (via the observation window at least ) have reduced considerably - I’d say halved. so…
Quite a few ants - which I have been trying to get rid of with cinnamon - since the harvest. Could ants have taken that much honey?
Lots of bees going in the back entrance which I have written about before (because of faulty SBB) - but also advised not to be too concerned. - But now thinking of actually sealing up that back slot in case those are robber bees?
OR - do bees take from other cells to fill up harvest hives? There is definitely honey coming into the cells that were harvested on Friday. I thought the heat wave may have forced them feeding?
Would appreciate thoughts from you lovely people