Drawing Wax And Building Wonky Comb – Dandelion Hive Check 4-27-12

Drawing wax and building wonky comb.

Tuesday, April 27th was my first inspection of Dandelion after installing the package on April 15th.  It was cloudy, 52 degrees and probably much too windy to do an inspection normally.  Despite the weather, the girls were still bringing in lots of orange pollen.  I wanted to do a quick check to see if the queen was alive and laying.  These bees consumed 3 quarts of syrup in 12 days.  This is much more than my other new hives who have taken less than a qt.

When I opened up the hive the bees were actively drawing wax and building comb.  I had to disturb the festooning and pull the bees apart to get the frames out.  As you can see they were very busy.  Four frames were almost finished and completely covered in bees.

Four frames were filled with bees, they were drawing wax before I removed this frame.

Underneath the bees, one frame was full of capped brood and another had eggs and larvae.  The queen was laying well with a good pattern.  This frame had the queen and lots of eggs.

The queen and lots of eggs.

The bees were drawing out an additional frame with wonky comb resembling the shape of queen cells.   Hopefully they will fix this as they continue to finish drawing wax.

One frame had strange looking comb on it.

After closing up the hive, a field bee dropped by to say hello.  Look at all the pollen on her face!  She is a just a cutie!

Field bee with pollen on her face.

It is probably dandelion pollen she is carrying all over her – how fitting!  What a perfect way to end my inspection of Dandelion hive.

For more information about this hive please visit Dandelion Hive.

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Author: Anita Deeley

Anita Deeley is a biologist and former state bee inspector who maintains 100 honey bee hives. She is the beekeeper, writer, owner and creator of BeverlyBees.com. When she is not spending time with her girls (the bees), she enjoys being a wife to her beekeeping cohort, Brian and mother to 3 little boys (the beekeepers in training). Read more about Anita here >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Anita on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Facebook here.

2 Comments

  1. The bees are really artists with the different shapes that they make with wax. One of our hives once made some comb that looked like stalactite. It was also hanging off of the main comb.