So I just opened the hive for the first time since I settled it in three weeks ago. There is no activity in the Flow Frames themselves although they are making propolis on the underside of the inner cover and on the walls of the brood box (see photos below). There are heaps of bees in the brood box and almost none in the plastic.
From other posts I see that maybe this is not unusual. Maybe I left it too late for this year. I’m in Croydon, Victoria, Australia.
I did see a weird little beetle (sse pic below) and a couple of cockroaches in there but no ants thank goodness. Does this all seem normalish?