At the hive. . . .
My last inspection was a little off my intended schedule–I didn’t want to open the hive with yellowjackets buzzing around. They were finally gone last week so I peeked into the hive to see what the “girls” were doing. (I have to keep reminding myself that the colony only arrived here on the 24th of July.) Definitely more regular traffic in and out lately, carrying pollen in all colors different colors.
Goldenrod is starting to bloom here now–and I think I’ve seen ragweed. I’m not yet used to looking at fall flowers for a bee’s point of view. From the meeting of the Durham Beekeepers association this week, it seems that I was correct about the goldenrod, and the asters will be later. It’s a whole new perspective on looking at flowers when I consider the bees!
There is new comb in the upper super, but only very rare pollen or nectar, so I didn’t add an extra super this time. I’ll be checking again in about a week to see where we are. I’ve asked an experienced beekeeper to go through an inspection next weekend. It will be good to have a “teaching” inspection since I wasn’t able to get into a class before my bees arrived.