Visited the apiary for a quick check on the hives today. I also found something else I have been waiting for…
Snowdrop shoots peeking out from the ground. I also saw crocus leaves. Spring is coming!
There was not much beekeeping to do, only a quick check of the entrances to make sure dead bees were not blocking them, a peek at the fondant slabs to make sure they weren’t eaten through, and a look at the varroa monitoring boards.
Rosemary’s board. I gave up counting but reckon there was a couple of hundred at least on there, in the space of a week. Hopefully that means the oxalic treatment worked. The mites are the shiny dark brown oval shaped things. It can be quite hard to see them amongst all the pollen and wax cappings at first.
Lavender’s board had far fewer mites on it, probably because she has a smaller colony. Judging by the debris on the boards, both colonies are on the first few frames by the entrance. I’ve left the boards out now for ventilation purposes.
The light was beautiful today. I love taking photos at about 4pm in the winter, as everything gets softer. I’ve yet to notice the days doing much lengthening.