This last weekend I inspected Hive #4. Hive #4 was created on June 5th, where I took 2 frames from hive 2….
and placed them in a Nuc box, with a frame of honey, a frame with pollen and a frame of drawn comb.
I left this Nuc alone until June 19th, where during a quick inspection I found an open queen cell, no eggs, didn’t spot the queen, but the bees seemed calm. Calm, quiet bees are a sign of a queen right hive, therefore, I closed up the hive and decided I would check again at a later date.
It wasn’t until the end of July that I found the queen, she was busy working on the frame below.
In this next picture you can find her in the middle. She has a long black abdomen, short wings and a black thorax and what a beautiful queen she is.
Again, after seeing that the hive was calm and busy, I closed them back up to let them be.
During my recent inspection, I found many frames with a very nice laying pattern.
I am very pleased with this hive. If they keep building like they have been, they will be ready for winter when it arrives.
~ May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places.