Bee Hive in Spring

In a window of sunshine amid clouds and rain last weekend we opened the beehives. Beresford’s hive was full of brood, with only a bit of honey left. Luckily we were prepared for this as it was exactly what our beekeeping friend had thought might happen, so we gave the hive sugar water and pollen substitute. This seemed to go down well.

Although it has been a sunny week and things are finally drying out a bit,  we refilled the syrup and pollen substitute today, just to be sure.
Eleanor’s hive is still barely alive, but there is a frame of brood with a little bit of honey, and no sign of varroa now. Here are some pics of Beresford’s hive, showing all the stages of brood, from egg to capped. We didn’t see Beresford herself this time.
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6 thoughts on “Bee Hive in Spring

  1. Such a relief to see healthy brood in the spring knowing they will be out on the trees and flowers soon. Which are the trees that give your bees the most pollen in the spring? One of our bees favourites is the goat willow. Your trees are so different from ours. Amelia

    1. They are bringing a lot of pollen from Rosemary, Mustard, and Erysimum – which I have photographed and hopefully will post this week. Gorse is also flowering now but we don’t have much near to us. There are a few Willows around, and Tree Lucerne and early Manuka. I think most of the other trees flower a little later. The early plums are just starting to bloom this week.

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