First year beekeeper here in North Georgia. Perhaps is been the warm weather bit Iím still seeing drones. Iíve inspected the hive 3 times over the past six weeks and my queen is still there and laying brood. Other than the drones it appears the hive is going strong.
The first inspection had maybe a dozen capped drone cells...
The second showed only 3 drone cells...
The most recent inspection (a little over a week ago) had no more drone cells but I still see them coming and going even today.
On each inspection Iíve found the queen and all appears well otherwise.
I expected them to be kicked out by now. I dismissed a drone laying worker since I see no more cells but am still concerned. Surely these canít be winter bees - see attached photo.