Oxford Bees

Colony 13 has gone

Submitted by will on Sat, 16/06/2018 - 07:44

I peeked at Colony 13 inside Hive H. There is nothing there: no comb and no cluster of bees.

I was uncertain whether there was a Queen after I'd found a dead Queen in the swarm box. I had put on a feeder on to stimulate them but I'd seen robbing in progress from Colony 11. It appears that robbing is all that's going on.

I don't know what has happened to the bees which I put into the hive. They may have dispersed to the other colonies on the roof.

When the feeder is completely empty I'll be able to see what is left.

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Varroa drop not quite zero

Submitted by will on Wed, 13/06/2018 - 07:18

Colony 13 is dropping Varroa. They are also cleaning out old comb so there is a lot of debris on the hive floor. I found 2 or maybe 3 Varroa bodies.

This colony is new to my apiary, having been established elsewhere. I haven't really included it in my Varroa Zero post because it's new. Hives D and G are included. There were no Varroa on the floor of either this morning. There doesn't appear to much activity in Hive D at all. I shall have to check them.