The FERA Seasonal Bee Inspector visited the Apiary on Tuesday to carry out a routine disease inspection, we went through each hive shaking off the bees from each frame in turn and checking for foul brood. Bee Base holds records of all the apiaries in an area from which a random selection is made for a visit, it was the turn of the association apiary today.
We were able to combine the opening of each hive with the weekly routine inspection. Hive 2 is increasing well and has built up good stores, we were able to remove the empty feeder. Hive 5 which is in the process of a Bailey comb change had 4 frames of brood on the new brood frames but the queen was elusive so there is still no Queen Excluder between the brood boxes. Hive 7 where the queen is in her third year (marked red and clipped) is not increasing the size of the brood, it has been 5 frames for the last three visits, it may be the queen is on her way out.
Today’s images show the Bee Inspector at work and a frame showing a perfect oval of same age larvae, you can just pick out the younger larvae around the oval.