Weird bee, golden rod, "critical hive size"
There was a weird bee hanging outside the right entrance. She seemed a bit feeble and her abdomen, instead of black bands, was brown the top half and black the bottom half.
We have goldenrod blooming everywhere now, so I think these ladies should have plenty of forage. Anyways, the last time I did full inspection was early September and I saw brood then. I'm not going to check again until February!
I am wondering about "critical hive size", will inquire in a different thread.
My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.