Having collected my swarm in late May, I have not yet fully inspected them, wanting to leave them to get on with creating a good cluster. I have been feeding them with syrup, which they are taking, and they have built on five top bars, although the three widest combs haven’t yet reached much more than halfway across the hive. This is visible through the window.
Watching at the entrance I am puzzled by the absence of any pollen being carried into the hive. I have simply not seen any home-bound bees with anything that looks like pollen. Is this because of the weather or is there another possible reason?
I plan to open up sometime next week, if we are lucky enough to have a sunny day.
- ONBG (OxNatBees) is an informal mutual support network for beginners and experienced beeks who aspire to practise bee-centric, low intervention, and chemical-free beekeeping in Oxfordshire. To join the group and share ideas, questions, information and experiences, please use this site's Contact Us form.
Next ONBG Meeting
Saturday, March 10th, 1PM
Marsh Harrier Pub, Oxford
Recent Blog Posts
- How to tell if a hive is alive in winter March 18, 2018
- Infrared images of hives in winter March 11, 2018
- Moving a hive February 4, 2018
- ONBG meeting, 16th Nov 2017 – insulation, honey and mites January 15, 2018
- Another unintended pesticide impact December 1, 2017
- Back to school in Wolvercote November 11, 2017
- Storms, swarms and ox-born bees October 27, 2017
- More bad news for insects October 18, 2017
- New Arrivals: The Rat Box Bees October 10, 2017
- ONBG meeting, 9th Sept 2017 – colony personalities, and ferals September 17, 2017
- After a sting September 12, 2017
- Bees and beekeeping in Borneo August 30, 2017
- Lore of the Honey Bee July 30, 2017
- ONBG meeting, 15th July 2017 – a rooftop apiary July 24, 2017
- OxNatBees exhibit at RSA Motivate July 14, 2017
- ‘Inspecting’ your bees – the low-intervention way July 5, 2017
- Neonicotinoids implicated again June 29, 2017
- Summer starvation warning June 17, 2017
- ONBG meeting, 13th May 2017 – swarms and exotic hives June 7, 2017
- Bees in trees May 29, 2017