07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Fat Bodies

In the late autumn sunshine what a joy to see; my lovely ladies waddling back into their hives laden in yellow pollen. They will be storing and building up their fat reserves ready for winter.

Mystery Attacks

On checking my apiary sites today, I found a hive with the mouse guard torn off and the entrance chewed away. Inside the wasps were obviously gaining easy access but the bees were there in plentiful numbers and to all intent not seriously affected. I was able to replace the mouse guard with the apertures reduced and put more fondant on as the wasps had clearly been helping themselves!
I had the very same problem on this site last winter, when a WBC was attacked by something, I never found out what, but it led to the colonys’ ultimate demise so I need to find out what might be causing this – maybe a need for some form of cctv. Any ideas?