Interesting enough, the cornflower nectar flow is still going on, although most blossoms faded out. The bees fly at the brown blossoms, which do excrete nectar at the sides of the calyx. You can see the nectar droplets with your bare eyes.
On this picture in the middle, a shiny spot - that is the droplet of nectar.
Black berries blossomed at June the 10th, 2015. For two days there was lots of black berry pollen and that was it. Today the big surprise: supers were filled up to the rim with black berry honey! The taste is plain fantastic. Fruity taste, very fruity.
The stronger hives have filled three supers (approx. 36 - 45 kg) and urgently needed a fourth honey super which I gave today.
We ate the wild combs with the fruity black berry honey all day, straight from the hive, which was very freshening in the heat of this sunny day.
I feed 3-4 kg sirup at a time, three times a week apart. I am pausing feeding after that for a week or two. Than I feed heavily until the winter weight is reached. By feeding like this, bees make a lot of brood.
Care for pollen. If the bees lack pollen, they don't become fat enough to be good winter bees. I feed back pollen that I collected over the year, if I notice a shortage of pollen in an apiary.
I use OAV, at least four times, three days apart. At this time of year, the varroa do not stay for long on the bee outside the cells. While within the season the mites can be found for about 10 days or even longer until she decided to do anotherr brood cycle, now in summer it is different. Mites enter the next cell right on the fourth day after she emerged with a young bee. So there is a really short time window to get them with OAV. I also use thymol as a longterm treatment.
Mites are hiding in the cells now, don't let them fool you. ("Can't see any mites...")
Among the most important actions is: move out all hives with a high varroa population, move them to a separate, distant location and pool all the varroa infested hives there. Those get a heavy treatment plus a new queen. I requeen all hives that do not cope well with varroa.
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