Had a call from one of the hive sites last week. They had been observing and noticed that things just weren’t as active as they had been several weeks ago in 1103. They were afraid that the bees were dead.
I have had reports like this before and had them be false alarms, but I don’t take chances due to the way that wax moths LOVE to wreak havoc on hive equipment. Sure enough upon arriving on the scene I could tell that there was a definite lack of traffic. Most of the hives this year are roaring with activity in the afternoons. The hive next to 1103 (1109) was normal.
Upon inspection there was a cluster but it was pretty small. There was a small patch of capped brood on one comb in the penultimate deep, but no eggs, or larvae. The ultimate deep is almost entirely full of honey and much of the penultimate one.
This is a hive site with Small Hive Beetles. I was interested in checking out what was going on in these girls anyway. Only one beetle was seen on the inner cover in 1103. It was inspected pretty thoroughly and no others were observed. The telescoping and inner covers were removed from 1109 and no beetles were seen. Perhaps all of the fretting earlier this year was for not. It has been dry-as-a-bone which may be making it harder on the beetles.
By the time this post is published I will probably be unloading another hive next to 1103. The plan to salvage things is to take 1202 to the site and place it next to 1103. Then later this weekend they will be combined using the newspaper method.
There will be video footage. The source of my computer problem has been found, and a new BIOS chip is in the mail so there should be video next week.
If there are any recommendations please share them, as I have a couple of days to tweak this plan.