There were lots of bees flying today – it was 50-ish and sunny. And it wasn’t just cleansing either; these girls were going places. We didn’t see any pollen(still early for that), but they were definitely flying out somewhere.
This is a good thing because the the hive lid is looking more and more like a very messy ladies’ room.Check out the propolis on the screen.
Then, it was a look under the hood of both hives.
First, it was Buzzers’ Roost.
Followed by FreeBees.
As you can see, neither hive has eaten much of the sugar patties we put in a few weeks ago.
Once the hives were closed again, a few girls consented to some closeups.
According to The Ohio State GDD calendar (https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/gdd/CalendarView.asp), we have a while yet before the Silver Maples bloom, and the bees can get some pollen. Hive Beetles have been a continual problem this year, especially in FreeBees, so we’re reluctant to put in any pollen patties because the patties seem to really attract them.
Still, we are cautiously hopeful our girls will survive the rest of winter.