Although it’s hard to tell with this many bees in the hive, they have now built comb clear to the lone empty comb that was built next to the queen cage when the bees were first installed (about four months ago).
Can you see the bees with pollen in this next one?
So, my sweet friend A came over a few days ago and a bee got stuck in her hair and stung her on the scalp. It was so crazy! The bee was buzzing so loudly to try to get out of her hair. If anyone wants to keep track, this hive has now stung my beekeeping mentor twice, me once, Adele once, and my friend once. Kent is yet unscathed.
So, August is winding down and I still haven’t fed my bees (I would ONLY feed truly raw honey to my bees). I tried one day, but they weren’t interested. I figure as long as I can still find a bee or two with pollen, we are good. There has been a quite heated discussion among beekeepers in my area about the wisdom of “treating” and “intervening” with the natural habits of the bees. It seems like the people on the beekeeping board mean well and genuinely care about the bees, but they just can’t imagine not treating with chemicals and feeding sugar water. And they really get defensive when people suggest letting bees do what they want to do. I haven’t weighed in because I have no idea what I’m doing and my bees haven’t even survived one winter yet, but I REALLY want to.