Hi all, i’m a brand new-bee! I’ve just done my first really full inspection - although if i’m honest i’m still not completely sure of what i’m looking for!
I didn’t see the queen, and although there is brood, there doesn’t seem to be loads of it. i only saw a few larvae, and hardly any eggs - although there were a few on one frame, so Freddie (my queen! ) has been there recently.
there are a lot of stores, and most frames had at least some capped brood. I’m still feeding them, and as far as i can tell they are still taking it.
I didn’t see any queen cells, although if i’m honest i only really thought about it once i had closed up, so not sure really.
I think i need to treat for varroa too, as i have found a couple of mites on the white base board under the bottom mesh, although there don’t seem to be many.
The colony is very docile and i wasn’t as scared as i thought i would be lol! I do have problems with wasps too, although i’ve now shrunk the entrance as much as i can (about 1-2 cm left), and have put some wasp traps out now.
Basically i’m worried that because I didn’t see much in the way of larvae and eggs, and definitely more stores than brood, that there is a problem. we are heading towards early autumn, although the weather has been lovely apart from a couple of downpours. Should i be concerned? Should there be more brood at this time of year?
Hope that’s not too much burble in one post! Your advice would be very much appreciated, thanks my lovelies!