All in hive visit

Varroa Mites!

Going through the hives, we were looking for signs of continued laying, good populations, and honey stores for the winter. Sadly, we saw many tiny red dots of the dreaded Varroa destructor. It appeared as those each hive had some degree of infestation.

Downsizing

The bees appeared to be concentrating themselves into smaller sections of their hives. Whereas in the past they may have spanned 3 boxes, they were now focused more between 1-2 boxes.

Hot Honey

It was well into the mid-high 90s, but we braved the heat to check on our hives. Happy to see they were doing well, albeit perhaps a little irritable with the summer sun shining in their boxes.