Just 4 weeks after adding the super, the bees are making lots of honey! Seven of the ten frames in the box have honey and are feeling quite heavy, though there is no capping yet, which the bees do when the honey is ‘just right’. When the majority of a frame is capped, this is an indication that the honey is mature enough to harvest.
Honey production well underway!
We also took the opportunity to check the brood box, and found a lot of activity there too.
A healthy looking frame from the brood box
The bees seem to be thriving- we have lots of jarrah and some redgum in flower at the moment, and these are a good source of nectar for the bees. We added the super, with the queen excluder between it and the brood box below, on Christmas eve, and the bees moved up into it straight away. During some very hot (40C plus) weather over between Christmas and New Year, we noticed a lot of ‘bearding’ (when the bees cover the front of the box). This is often something they do to keep cool and to keep the hive cool.
Checking the frames in the super- the bees are very active only 2 weeks after adding the super
We were thrilled today to have a Southern heath monitor (also known as Rosenbergs goanna) visit! It was gorgeous, about 50 cm long, and seemed quite content to be around us!