Re: Today in the Apiary
State inspection is required only if you are selling bees or hive components with comb. VA requires a certificate of health to accompany each such sale. I passed with flying colors. 0 mites, no brood diseases.
So an update on my missing queen, hmmm, ended up in the box that was supposed to be queenless. Very strange because the first frame I put into the fly back box was the one with her on it. Oh well, it will turn out almost as well. Both boxes are drawing comb rapidly. My hives are the first the inspector has seen this year with new frames drawn. I guess that is a good thing. I have about 300 that need it (200 mediums on Acorn and 100 deep foundationless). Still thinking about grafting this weekend. Will post photos of my efforts.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.