Hi everybody, just got home after a fortnight away super keen to have a good look at the hive. Here’s our scenario:
Got nuc in mid-Jan.
In the SW of WA - Bunbury.
Brand new-bee’s to keeping.
Haven’t met local keepers as yet; the apiarist who supplied the nuc is great but can’t keep bothering him to come over and explain whats going on.
Haven’t got books yet (I know, I know, it’s on the list).
Curious to get some quick feed back on what our hive is doing.
When we have opened it we always seem to see a couple or three cockroaches. Normal? (Saw some beetles last time but darling wife squashed them before identifying.)
Couldn’t recognise SHB this time but did see a couple of these beetles.
This one I think is SHB.
What’s this one?
What are the different colours on the frame? I recognise the capped honey but why are some of the brood(?) yellow and others brown? Maybe it’s not brood, maybe its pollen and nectar?!
Here’s a close up. It looks like the pollen they bring in on their legs. Is it? Why is the wax so dark?
What are these raised capped cells?
And lastly (for now) What are these two doing to this other one? She seems all wet!
Wait! One more! Why is this frame completely untouched in all this time? Northern-most. (Southern most is looking full).
Thanks so much and apologies to you experienced mob for who these questions are below basic.