The biggest surprises of the day were finding our splits were, for the most part doing what they were supposed to: making new queens for themselves from the fresh eggs in the frames we moved with them when we split the hives. Related to that surprise was the occasional discovery of a queen when we thought we'd find only queens-in-the-making. Apparently, we'd transferred a nearly fully developed queen cell into the split (such as Bee Hill #6), and she'd already hatched out and was doing her job.
I typed up extensive notes for Mark (which I won't repeat here). Suffice it to say he was stung several times before he put on his gloves at the end of the day; we added equipment where it was needed, we saw hive beetles in the colonies that aren't on oil trap bottom boards (we're more convinced than ever that they work); we spotted some queens -- I even saw one laying!; we saw pollinators of all kinds and wildflowers galore.
Below are a few photo highlights of the day.
|Barhams' Bee Yard|
|The beavers are back -- we had a lake where we shouldn't.|
|Crimson clover is all over these days!|
|The map I made last week after we split hives.|
|The surprise queen in 2A on Bee Hill. She's in the center.|
|Marked, numbered queens!|
|Another queen siting -- can you see her?|
|"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!"|
|Going on a bee safari? He put his gear on after this photo, I assure you!|