Evidence that a colony is alive

There are at least 4 ways of telling if a colony is alive without opening up the hive:

1. Evidence of cleansing flights on cars or washing

2. Wax crumbs under the hive (need open mesh floor)

3. Dead bees in front of entrance, bees doing housekeeping and throwing out the dead

4. Bees flying

These photos were all shot today in the apiary with a temperature of 8°C.

3 Responses to “Evidence that a colony is alive”

  1. John Everett Says:

    Hi I have been teaching Mod 8 and your notes are brilliant – really amazingly useful In the bit about Miller – Miller feeder there is reference to an Ashcroft feeder – is this a typo for Ashforth? Only trying to be helpful The module work is amazing John Everett

    Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:19:02 +0000 To: everettapplebee@hotmail.co.uk

  2. Emma Sarah Tennant Says:

    What a great post, thanks for sharing.

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