Days 62, 63
May 18, 19, 2017
I did visit the hive on Thursday, but nothing new to say about that.
I decided to see what the girls were up to in the morning, at sunrise.
I did see a bee returning with pollen, so they get started pretty early.
You can see that the bees are bearding in the gap between the lid and the top bars. This is happening due to the combination of my entrances being at the top of the hive and that potential space under the lid. I like this unintended feature because it would protect any bearding bees from the elements and predators.
Later, after work, I inspected the hive. This time I brought both cameras. I look forward to reviewing the footage and will post an edit as soon as I can.
I worked from the back forwards. I would say compared to last week, I could probably harvest a bar of honey, it is ready enough, but I will wait a bit.
The biggest development was on B, which had quite a buildup compared to just a few days ago. Go Bees!
Where I got in trouble and finally got stung was I dropped some burr comb in the back of the hive. I could have been more gentle about that, but I wasn't. That probably riled one of them up enough to come sting me.
It was on my pinky! It's safe to say I am not having an anaphylactic reaction. In fact, it doesn't even hurt anymore. Just two tiny bumps next to the dot of a sting mark.
I'm glad to finally get it over with but I do feel sorry for the worker. What a waste of some life spirit!
The biggest problem I had with the inspection was definitely burr comb. The worst was on bar I, which was a mistake. I had mistakenly put a wide bar there when the bees were no more than a festooning clump! Oh those were the days.... I couldn't really get I separate from the next two for fear of some serious comb drop.
I did see a worm crawling along the top of the a bar. I squished it, I think, but who knows? Maybe a wax worm?