This morning, I went out to add some more syrup to the feeders in my hives. As I expected, the feeders in both hives were empty (but just barely). I also took a little time to watch the hives a little more. The entrance of hive #1 is still mostly business, without too many bee just hanging out. There is a good traffic of foragers coming and going. Hive #2 in contrast has a lot of bees hanging out around the entrance. Some are still doing their cleaning thing, but not as franticly as before. Some just seem to be hanging out. There are still foragers coming and going, but I don’t see as many as hive #1 (the bees coming in with pollen are quite noticeable – I still see orange and pale yellow). You should be able to tell which picture is which.
Also, while refilling the feeder in hive #2, I saw a bee wrestling with what looked like a pupa. I tried to get a picture, but I seem to be crappy at taking pictures of small things. I need a macro setting. 😦 Anyway, the bee gave up and I picked up the white blob. It was definitely a pupa. So hive #2 is clearly uncapping and tearing out pupa. Exactly why and how many, I don’t know. Normally some removal of pupa that my have disease or parasites is a good thing. I am just worried that it means there is a problem. Sorry again for the crappy pictures.
While I was picking up this pupa, another bee with another pupa flew out. It rose slowly due to the extra weight, but did not drop the pupa. It flew off with the pupa in a straight line away from the hive. I watched it go for as far as I could. I find it strange that the pupa was not simply removed from the hive. It was almost like it was taking the pupa somewhere.
I also squished 14 small hive beetles between the two hives. I need to make those traps I posted about.
I also decided to open the screened bottoms. It has been getting into the mid 80’s here and I thought that the hives might need some better ventilation. I left a shorter bottom board in place, so only the part of the hive under the combs is open. We will see how they do with this.