We had a cloudy afternoon without rain over the weekend, so Mr. Bee and I ran out to check our new feeders and take a peek at the inside of the hives. I really noticed the sounds and smells of the hives this time.
|My First In-Flight Bee Photo - I love it.|
|Coming in for a Landing - I love this shot, too!|
|Our New Feeders|
|A View Through the Feeder|
I could really smell the smoke for the hives and just stood, for a moment, listening to the hum of the busy hives. Here is a view of what we saw when we opened the North hive:
|A View from Above the North Hive|
During an inspection, we may pull out any or all of these frames to see what the bees are doing.
I was especially excited to catch my first view of capped brood - a stage the growth where eggs turn to larvae, and then are capped over to grow until they finally emerge as a honey bee. Below I have a photo of my first glance at capped honey cells. When I lifted up these frames, I smelled the honey, so sweet. It was really exciting.
|Capped Honey Comb, A Good Sign|
What stuck out to me about this hive was the "buzz" - it was much louder this time. This hive has consistently been very grumpy about our inspections. It could be a result of a grumpy queen, but we'll be keeping our eyes on things to make sure they're not stressed. Regardless, they were taking turns flying towards my face and hands. I have to admit I finished a bit faster than I expected because it started making me nervous.
|Saving the Spilled Honey|
The end of the inspection was the most sweet:
|Mr. Bee and Me, Our first taste of the Honey|