Did you know bees cannot fly if it is below 55°F?
80s and sunny on Sunday we checked and fed the hives, as by Monday it was touted to be in the 50s. We were excited to see that Alfa hive now has beautiful new brood in the top brood box. All of the recent rain has brought fall flowers and it's been a bit like spring for them. Beta hive still has a few frames to build out. I was hoping they would brood up to a second box before winter. I'm loving and soaking in this cold front, but do miss the daily routine of seeing the bees forage. .
Beewax ▶(cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. ▶The wax is formed into "scales" by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, who discard it in or at the hive. The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey-storage and larval and pupal protection within the beehive. ▶Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.