Skip to content

Farmette1769's Blog

by Monica Melograna-Ward

Honey Bee Hive Front Entrance

It’s 56 Degrees Fahrenheit @ 10 PM. Sunday night into Monday morning, we will get our first freezing temperature of the season. That is when I plan to start feeding the masses sugar water syrup again.

As you can see, even at this temperature, our honey bees are no longer overflowing the front of their hive. They are hanging inside, keeping themselves and their queen toasty and warm.

102018_Bees _A

As anticipated I was able to get some close-up photos this Saturday.

102018_Bees _1

I popped the top off the hive and looked down onto the queen excluder mesh. This worker girl showed me her holster, ready to sting me at a moments notice.

102018_Bees _2102018_Bees _3

The extra super above this mesh, about a half of a regular hive high, is empty. I have not decided how to address this issue yet. I may build a drop-in top lid to keep the hive warm for winter, since the super is now glued edge to edge with the main hive; meaning that I can’t really take it off.

It is glued with whatever that orange-red substance is that the bees filled gaps with. I think it is nectar. Whatever it is, it sure acts like cement.

Short Clip – Inside Top View

That’s all until next Saturday! Have a great upcoming week!

Tags: , , ,

%d bloggers like this: