Sorry for the lame picture, but I forgot to take photos this check. I will say that this pic is for C who said he's never seen a honey bee on a dandelion.
This check, we managed to inspect the hive just after a fast-moving thunderstorm, so all the bees were home to greet us, and WOW there were a lot of bees! At the last check there were maybe 4 frames of bees, but at this check we had about 14 out of 16 frames with bees on them.
After removing the feeders (all 3 quarts were empty FYI) and finding the queen, we moved around some frames to give her more space to lay and then popped on the queen excluder and the Flow Hive super. BUT, we're still a little nervous about her having enough space, so the plan is to give the hive a 3rd deep for the brood chamber at the next check.
We didn't end up doing the mite check, so that'll be at the next hive inspection as well.
Plan for next check:
1. Add 3rd deep box of comb for a larger brood chamber.
2. Mite check +/- treatment if above threshold of 3% (3 mites/100 bees).
3. Examine Flow Hive super for nectar storage +/- moving up a honey frame to encourage bees to use it.
The next Flow Hive Team check will be on Sunday, May 29th at 11am in the A2B2 Teaching Apiary at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Hope you can bee there!
What is a Flow Hive?
A Flow Hive is a Langstroth-style hive system with plastic frames which allow honey to be harvested directly from the hive. www.honeyflow.com/pages/how-flow-works