I'm new to Beesource and new to the Beekeeping Culture. Its good to met you guys!
I started 2 packages of Italians in April and 2 Nucs of Russians in June. They are all doing really well considering they got such a late start. Lately we have been experiencing 100 degree weather and the girls have started bearding in the late afternoon...nothing odd about that, but on all 4 hives, the girls appear to be scraping or eating the exterior surfaces of their hives. Its not one or two bees, but all of them on the outside. They are not removing the paint or anything drastic, but they are all getting something from the surfaces. The only thing I can guess is that they are getting some moisture on the surfaces due to the humidity. Anybody seen this or have any ideas?
The only bad thing I can say about Beekeeping is that I should have started years ago!