Bees are making progress

The lazy bees have finally decided to make a full comb of honey. Now if we can get to repeat that act a few more times they might make it though the winter.

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The hive is boiling over with bees, and there is a ton of purple loostrife and golden rod for them to chow down on. They should be buckling down and getting to work.

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Purple Loostrife actually makes green nectar. I had hoped to see some when I peeked in on Saturday, but it was all golden colored. (I am well aware of how evil purple loostrife is; I don’t feel the need to discuss it here)

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It looks like black pollen packed in the bottom. I’ve read that tulips have very dark pollen, but its rather late in the year for that. I also read that the bees will sometimes pack back coal dust, but where would they find coal around here?

I only looked at the last few bars to see the new comb was being build straight.

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They’re still building away. This is the first comb I’ve seen them drawing out in more then one place at once. The otherones have always grown from one central point.

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Inspection #3

I looked in today and saw no queen, no larva, no eggs and a lot of drone brood. I’m not sure what to think about it. its not exactly surprising that I didn’t see the queen because I’m not that good at looking for her. It does worry me that I didn’t see any eggs or capped brood. I also have to look though my pictures to see if I missed anything while looking though my veil.

On a more fun note, I had to cut out a piece of comb because they built it extra wide and it was attached to two bars.

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I tried to figure out how to bring it to Allison at SnB tonight (she voulnteered to be my official honey taster, but with such soft wax it had fail written all over it.

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I scraped off some of the comb that was attached to the wall too. They had started to attach 3 of the bigger combs to the side, and it broke when I pulled the bar up. I need to remember to move more slowly next time and cut before pulling the bars up. The girls have also started to glue the cracks between the bars together. At least they are making themselves at home

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At any rate, I ate some of the honey then I gave everything back to the bees so it doesn’t go to waste.

Also, 2 of the entrance holes have unplugged themselves mysteriously. Its really odd and I wish I knew what did it.