Mortuary duties and other questions.
I think the robbing is going to come to an end. Our flow is all ragweed, but I saw a bee come back to the hive this morning, her legs doubled in size by yellow pollen. I'm still feeding on an open feeder in the yard, but reducing the amounts.
During the attacks, a fair number of bee bodies (maybe 40 or 50) ended up on top of the sbb, and were not removed. I was reducing and further reducing entrance size, down to about 1/2 inch wide before I moved the hive, by 3/8 tall, so they may not have been able to. I shook the bodies off the sbb onto the ground.
I went chasing moth larva this morning, and the frame above the spot on my sticky board where I saw 3 or 4 tiny larva last night, was the same frame I was chasing a moth on a week ago. it is in the freezer.
Still did not see the queen, did not check for larva or eggs. Did remove the extra frames from the center of the brood nest, went down to 9 frames on the deep to give the ladies some room. scraped the burr comb that was connecting super to deep and causing the brood nest to "thud" off when I lifted the super.
Put a piepan with eggcrate under my hive top feeder, to catch the drips and not drown the bees, with 1.5 :1 syrup. (Read Michael Bush's article, 3/5 is too complicated math for me this morning).
Got all done. Deep back on the Country Rubes bottom board, then super, queen excluder, feeder, empty deep, screen top, telescoping lid. And discover that what used to be the front of the deep brood box is now the back.
How important is it?
Bees in winter - new phenomenon, but I've got them... So far so good.