Mary's bees are closer to drawing out the honey comb in the super. I had added 3 partially drawn out plasticell frames to spur her to draw out the rest. I don't know if it was those or the main flow starting but some comb is now being drawn.
|Drawing Foundationless Comb|
The bees have begun to bring in nectar and store it up in the honey super. Though the frames aren't fully drawn out yet. The wax bees seem to keep just ahead of the field bees.
In the Brood boxes there is some odd looking debris in some of the cells. I think it's either bits of mold or maybe SHB droppings.
|Dirty looking stuff!?|
|Why are they doing this?|
Mary had one frame that was entirely drone comb. It wasn't a Pierco frame either but a regular foundationless frame. It's swarm season and bees need to make lots of drones this time of year. The bees can change the drone cells to worker cells later when they're over the drone rut. In the mean time Mary is stuck making tons of drones and Varroa. To fix that I cut the comb out leaving and undrawn frame.
The Nucs look good too. 2 of 3 are broodless but should have laying queens in them soon. Their populations are good. Especially Nuc3.
|Nuc3 loaded with Bees|
To finish I want to post an image of a hatched Queen Cell being torn down by workers. Most of the time these are gone before i get to see them. This one is from Nuc2.
|Old Queen Cell|