Hi everyone! Thought I'd share my latest inspection pics.. comments & opinions most welcome! The population is really exploding now and I think the June gap is coming to an end, they seem much busier.
I was wondering whether space in the broodnest is quite normal or perhaps an early indication of a reproductive swarm, as well as any other matters that come to mind (stores etc). I have been considering a split as it is a very good season so far, perhaps a 2 queen system going into winter followed by more splits in the spring.
so how is it looking?
(edit: entrance is on the side around bar 4 or 5)
bar 20-15 were only part drawn and/or very fresh with nectar so I did not want to pull them out and photo them
bar 14 - lots of brood , couple of drones and some grey pollen (elder)
bar 13 - lots of worker brood and bees
bar 12 - same again, more honey
bar 11 - and again...
bar 10 - lots of bees , getting angry now!
bar 9 - got to love autofocus! sorry but you get the idea .. perhaps the beginnings of space in the lower centre
bar 8 - lots of space in the centre. open brood on the outside of capped brood
bar 7 - drone comb on the left. if I zoom into the space in the centre I can see lots of dark red pollen in these cells ( possibly red dead nettle). I moved it to the back after bar 14
bar 6 - possibly eggs in these empty cells, hard to tell...
bar 5 - drones and workers and runny bees (see right)
bar 4 - not photographed . its a cut out frame which I cant hold 1 handed! moved to the back after bar 14
bar 3 - similar amount of space in the centre more honey less workers
bar 2 - drone comb .. think I will move this to the back next time. things were a bit hard to work by then...
bar 1 - lots of nectar capped and uincapped