Happy Bee NewsJuly 19, 2009
I went down to look at the hives this morning and was not encouraged – there was very little activity at each hive. It was about 10 a.m. – that’s actually pretty early for bees – but I was still worried.
Around 2:00 my son and I went down to open the hives and see what we could see. This time there was considerably more activity, and most importantly there were a goodly number of bees doing orienting flights in front of one of the hives. Those are flights by new foragers – they fly around in front of the hive memorizing what it looks like (or so we think). The important thing to me is that it is a sign of new bees!
Feeding my optimism were a couple of other findings. We saw some capped brood – not much, but some, and we saw eggs – – and best of all, in each hive we saw the queen!
Assuming I didn’t inadvertently kill or damage the queen in either hive, each hive should now be back on track for bee and honey making. And I am sighing a big sigh of relief.