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.
Bees were definitely hanging out on this nice, sunny, low 80's, low humidity day. Many were flying as well, as I decided to take a look to see how the hives were doing. It's been several weeks since I've taken a good look. I was a bit disappointed the last inspection, not with the number of bees and how well they were producing but with the amount of drawn comb and honey collection.
A great spangled fritillary is a beautiful pollinator enjoying our butterfly milkweed.
Today I saw good brood production in all hives, as well as honey production in hive 1 and 2. I should have moved some of the frames that were newly drawn and filled out of the top brood box and put it up above in the supers, but that can wait. That third box was extremely heavy, with each frame completely drawn out and filled and capped. They have their winter stores!