|On the left are uncapped and capped brood. On the right are cells that are starting to fill up with nectar to be made into honey.|
|Inside the cells are worker bee larvae, they look like little, curved worms. To the very left, are drone larvae cells, they're bigger than the worker bee cells.|
We noticed some cells on the top box (added a week before our install) with black larvae. Ed says this happens if it got too hot in the box. There were only a few, so not much to worry about, he says.
After work during the week, we've been checking to see if there are bees going in with pollen on their legs. We haven't really seen too much, which I kind of got worried about. I texted Ed, my mentor beek, and he says about 1 in 10 bees should be carrying pollen, but I feel like we haven't even really seen that. But, I still have to remember that the hive was just installed just over a week ago, we just opened the hive last week, and that causes stress on the bees. We've decided to leave the hive untouched until Ed comes to do an inspection, we'll just leave them be to do their thing. The number of flies, that seemed to be crowding around the hive after the install, have definitely gone down. Now, there are just a few flies here and there that hang around the entrance. Haven't really seen any more yellow jackets either, since the one time I witnessed one kill a honeybee, rip her head off, and eat it. Terrifying.
I've also started knocking on the hive to start learning about what a "content" buzzing sounds like. It's a low, gentle hum. Tried knocking on it early in the morning, before work one day, completely silent. To the point where I was thinking they had left in the night. They were still there when I checked them that afternoon :) That got me thinking, that bees must sleep in. Which, makes sense, since flowers don't open up until the sun is up and out! We constantly see them around our flowers in the yard, along with some bumbles and carpenter bees, but I feel like they're doing well, but we will see how much progress they've done the next time we open her up. For now, we just have to trust that these little girls are doing their thing and just let them BEE.