Full family hive inspection

With their new bee suits the children were keen to get involved in the next hive inspection.  We had added a super to the stronger colony and it was good to see how the bees were quickly drawing it out with around half the frames already mostly drawn.

The gauntlet gloves are just too big though.  I will get them wearing the nitrile gloves next time, I’ll have to order some smaller ones.  Very calm bees (and children).

Drawing out the frames in the super

The brood box on the stronger colony was very full of bees and 8 of the frames had brood.

Opening the super

There is quite a lot of stores and pollen on the frames so some of the capped honey was raked to encourage them to free up brood space and lay down their stores int he new super.

Hive inspection

Louise brought the camera up so we were able to get some nice close-up shots.  Difficult to see the eggs but nice shot of the bees and brood at all stages.

Brood

Lovely brood pattern so far.

Brood and honey

The children were amazed to see the different colour of pollen.  We don’t know enough to tell what the different types are but it looks very nice 🙂

Honey pollen and brood

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