Re: super placement question post harvest & during dearth
Heather, I store about half of my supers on the hives. They clean and repair them and have them ready for storage later if I choose. Like GG says, the bees are rougher on the comb, more like robbing, when they clean them away from the hive. As part of the hive, they take care of them. Last year, only the combs on the hives escaped the wax moth carnage. The stuff I stored inside was largely destroyed. I have a couple of pounds of paramoth for this winter. The BT.k (not BT.a) that I used last year was pretty much ineffective at controling wax moths.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.