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Hive inspection - very spotty

Did a hive inspection today ... the hive looks healthy but oddly, the brood frames are very spotty and light. Did I roll my queen in a previous inspection? I didn't examine every frame, so it's possible that she's working elsewhere and the few frames I did pull are where the current hatching brood lived ...

The bees are starting to put up honey the top super...

Placed swarm lure in hive

I know it's a long shot ... I put ten drops of lemongrass oil extract on a cottonball, then placed it in a Ziploc bag with a few tiny holes poked in it. I placed it inside a hive super. Inside are eight frames with new foundation and two frames of empty wax cells. I don't have high hopes for this to work but maybe I'll get lucky...

Cleaned out dead hives

Both hives didn't survive the winter and were filled with tens of thousands of dead bees, inches thick in the bottom of each hive. The hives were moldy but didn't smell too bad, surprisingly. Both hives were still full of honey. I had observed activity into December but nothing since. I have known since a quick peek in late January that only one hive still had a small cluster but they, too, perished.

Installed moisture quilts on beehives

Created and installed moisture quilts on both hives. I didn't get into the hives, but I did remove the tops and take a peek into the hives. Both are filled with happy, apparently healthy bees. I put some pollen cakes into each hive and really had to clear bees from the tops of the frames to make room for the cakes. After installing the moisture quilts and replacing the tops, I sat in a char and observed the hive entrances. There are lots of bees still bringing in pollen. I have no idea where they are getting it.

Entrance reducers put on Hive A and Hive B

I already had entrance reducers on both of these hives, but switched them to the tiniest (pinky finger width) opening. I didn't go into the hives but observed bees moving freely in and out of each. Pulled the top off of Hive A and saw lots of activity through the hole in the inner cover.

Hive A is three deep supers tall, with lots of honey in each. Hive B is two deeps tall, with plenty of honey at last inspection.

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