I am brand new to beekeeping. My flow hive classic started off with a bang. Proliferation of bees was of plenty.
I harvested this new hive
8/7 4 quarts,
8/21 6 Quarts,
9/5 1/2 Q. Few bees in the super window. Concerning. Opened hive on 9/5 to inspect. One frame was extremely dark and capping was dark golden brown. Concerned for dead larvae, and extremely dark comb. Read up and the frames should be good for 3 years? any rate I removed and put in a new frame, plus now I can add my 8th frame that would not fit with the nuc.
Keeping an eye on the hive with binoculars daily, activity seems the same. Examined the frame. No mites, realized what appeared to be dead larvae was jelly and capped honey, 50% of frame had healthy larvae. So live and learn. But, now I know what a frame looks like.
9/16. Again, hive still low on bees. Little odor to hive, not sweet- little musty. No bees in window super. I looked at the hive as at 2pm at 72 degrees. Possibly not all bees had returned to hive. Inspected again. New frames 7. 3 2x3 in comb. Frame 8 no comb. Frame one dark capped cells, Frame 5 had a double comb. Not sure how this happened, guess it was d/t the extra room?. Before placing the 8th frame. Frame 6 had light capped comb that was yellow translucent when held up to the sun.
Any suggestions, I’m afraid my queen is dead. If so, can a place another queen before winter. I understand that after harvest everything slows down, but I think my bee population had decrease at least by 1/3. Thanks, Lisa