Capped Drones in Western Massachusetts
This is an FYI for New England beeks.
Upon isnpecting 20 hives today, all strong colonies have at least 1 frame of capped drones. The weaker colonies do not have any drones. My strongest colonies have 3-5 deeps frames of capped worker brood. There is nectar coming in too.
I write this beacuse usually 30 days after capped drones swarm season will be here. I am quite surprised to see these capped drones. The weather has been cold, cloudy, and windy for weeks. Swarm traps will be going up this week.
Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach