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

It was obvious today that there is little nectar coming into my hives at the  present moment, stores are reducing and in one alarming case – where wasps have plaguerised a colony – there was no nectar or pollen and the queen has stopped laying completely; this is a colony which still has 5 (14×12) frames of sealed brood and was very strong. I have put fondant on top and reduced the entrance right down to a small hole. Going back just a month there nectar was pouring into all my hives !