Jonny and I opened up our hives yesterday to see what our bees are up to. I can’t give detailed explanations for any of the photos (half the time we don’t understand what we’re looking at) but I thought I would share because the bees are so neat! Monday marked the 11th day since we installed our two packages. We are so impressed with how well these girls are doing!
We haven’t had any trouble with wonky comb, despite the fact that we aren’t using foundation but rather starter strips of either wood or cut comb wax. (I’ve been asked what it means to be going foundationless. Here’s a quick little article that explains. A local beekeeping friend pointed us in this direction and it just made sense to us.)
If you look in the bottom right cells in this photo you can see larvae!
Do you see it? It’s just below the capped cells in this photo. They look like little white “C’s”
Trudy hangs nearby.
I think we’re off to a good start, but I don’t have anything really to base that on since I am at ground zero when it comes to knowledge.
Local friends beware. I am planning to dress you all up in bee jackets when you visit (and take your picture.) Everyone needs to meet our bees!
(photos taken using my 35 mm lens.)