Kathy, (aka "Bessie"), and I began our beekeeping experience in the fall of 2008, when we began a year-long course in beekeeping through the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We got our first package of bees in April of 2009. At the suggestion of our daughter, Jessica, we are logging our beekeeping experience. Hope you find it interesting. It has been interesting, rewarding and entertaining for us as well.
I opened the hives to check for progress today after being gone for 9 days. No additional super needed in hive #2, though they are slowly working on it. So I decided to check to see how the queen was faring. I found a lot of capped worker cells but NO larva. Also no apparent queen. Now, I could have missed her since she isn't marked and I was mostly looking for frames with some young larva on them, suspecting she would be close by. Still, she is such a new queen and I doubt they would have swarmed in the past week. I decided to pull a frame out of the other hive with eggs just in case. I have two supers on that hive, and they are working on the top one but the first super is really full of honey and quite heavy. I can't imagine lifting down a 60 lb. super from the top of a stack of 6 boxes! Probably won't have to do that this season unless the fall goldenrod flow is strong.
So, I proceded to go down into that hive. I skipped the top brood box since …
Just a quick note. We checked hive #1 into which we introduced the new queen about 10 days ago. In the top brood box, I first looked at a frame that had drone cells along the bottom edge, but no worker cells. I was worried we might have developed laying workers. On the next frame, though, we had a pretty decent pattern of capped worker cells and some larva several days old. I was satisfied, so we didn't dig deeper (humidity overpowered curiosity--we were dripping, though it was only 80 degrees).
They were starting to work on the second super and the first super was much heavier than a week ago. We'll definitely have some honey again this year. We peeked at hive #2 and they had made some progress there in the super as well, but not nearly as much, with only about 4 out of 9 frames fully drawn out.