It was 55F here in south central Pennsylvania si did a quick inspection. With so many reported losses, it makes me nervous getting my hives through the winter. Here are some picks with questions. I have 4 hives total.
What is this white pollen/goop that the bees are bringing in this time of year?
All hives seem to have a nice amount of bees in them… good sign so far.
What is the white stuff showing in the comb with the uncapped honey? Bees wax or mite pee?
I checked to screened bottom boards. One had 5 dead mites and this one had more like 20. Roughly a week since cleaning the board last. Should I be concerned? I did Mite away strips in Mid September and beginning of November.
Over all I was pleased how healthy all 4 hives seem. They are digging into the candy boards but seem to have a half box of honey as well. The candy boards have been in for 2 weeks.
Any comments/opinions are appreciated. This is my first winter with bees. Hard to see how much food stores they have left without taking frames out. I tried to lift a few and they seemed heavy still.