Healthy Hive

A lovely close-up taken by my fabulous photographer.

I just recently learned that a hive can become “honey-bound,” which means when new bees hatch, the worker bees fill the cells with honey and don’t leave enough room for the queen to lay. Of course, I started worrying that my hive was going to get honey bound since there was little evidence of larvae or eggs last week. Fortunately, my happy bees know more about keeping a hive than I do and they weren’t worried at all.

We opened the hive this morning and discovered they have started drawing comb on many of the frames in the honey super. Maybe I’ll be able to harvest a bit of honey in the fall, but only if they have enough to last the winter. I don’t want to take away from what they’ll need.

I kept a log again of what was happening in the brood chamber because it’s just too much to remember. Two frames are completely filled with capped honey on both sides, two frames have one side that is entirely capped honey, and one frame is a mix of pollen, bee bread, and honey.

A worker bee in a frame of larvae and capped brood. If you look closely, you can see larvae of different sizes since they are from eggs laid on different days.

The rest of the frames are a beautifully healthy mix of fat larvae and capped brood with honey around the edges for hatching bees. All that capped brood means there were eggs last week and I just couldn’t see them. My faithful queen is still working hard. Since the brood chamber looked good, we didn’t move into the lower hive body.

A frame of capped brood that will hatch soon, larvae being tended by nurse bees, and honey around the edges.

Hial also got a couple of shots of bees coming in with bright yellow pollen packets.

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