During July we had been keeping a steady eye on our hives because of the strange brood and rapidly decreasing numbers in our hives. During July, the hives really should have been growing!
Below Abigail and Olivia are just starting to check there hives.
Here is a picture of the weird brood we were seeing. You can see punctured cells and you can also see hive beetle larvae on this frame.
Here you can see sunken capped cells. You can also see a dead emerging bee.
Here you can see lots of hive beetle larvae they are the little white/cream colored things sliding over the cell walls.
Here is a frame of mostly empty with a little bit of pollen in the middle.
Here is the bottom board of Olivia’s hive! Look at all the dead bees.
Below is a picture of brood. you can clearly see the holes in many of the cells.
This is a picture of almost all the bees left in the hive. You can tell the numbers have not grown.
Here is a lot of the rest of the bees in the hive. You can see the queen and her worn yellow dot in the corner.
With strange looking brood and dwindling numbers we have to decide what steps to take to help these hive survive to and through winter.