Today my second hive acted “strange” so my mum called me to come over. The hive stands on her terrace. She sent me these pics:
I thought this was already a swarm and called the bee keeper I got the hive from on monday (and put a second brood box filled with foundation UNDER the 1. on tuesday). He told me he didn’t see swarm cells when he moved the frames from his box into mine and I should take a look into the hive. Which I did to find no swarm cells, a busy, healthy queen and lots of eggs and larvae of all ages. Drone frame was nearly completely drawn and some first brood on it, not yet capped. Bees outside the hive were fanning frantically with their behind raised (I don’t know the correct english expression for this behaviour). I already found out that those might have been the new foragers orienting. We had bad weather on tuesday and wednesday, so they couldn’t fly and all the upcoming foragers had to wait until today. Is that plausible?
They kept fanning after I opened the hive. Most action was in the front right corner, which was hit by the sun. Wasn’t easy to insepct those frames, the girls just wouldn’t move aside…
Then I made some pics from things I don’t know what to think about.
Who or what makes such holes into the top bar of the frame? I immediately thought of wood worms…?
These are not swarm cells, right? There was nothing in them. Are they play cups?
The upper row of cells: Are they drone cells or defective brood? Normal brood frame, worker cells so far.
Are these pupae defective and being cleaned out next? I meant it was not usual that uncapped brood was so far developed, but I don’t have the experience so far… At which point will the bees cap the brood? They won’t be that white just before hatching, right?
Hope that I didn’t mess everything up… I put one brood comb from the edge of the brood nest into the 2. box and filled the gap with new foundation, just as I did with my first hive a few days before. That made the 1. hive bees start drawing out on the foundations, I hope the 2. hive will do the same.
Honeyflow should be quite ok, but it’s cold and windy. Today was a good flight day, but the weekend is supposed to be below 0°C at nights and not above 5°C over day… I guess I’ll feed both hives a little?