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Put out open feeder

Yeah, I know. They can attract bees with disease, yadda yadda yadda. But bees with disease can also rob out my hives. The dearth is strong so I chose to put out on open feeder on the far end of the property. This resulted in hundreds (if not thousands) of bees and yellow jackets swarming the feeder, dive bombing into the pool, etc ...

It's official - DEARTH

Bees found eight full frames of honey that were in storage in the barn. They've been there since last season but one lucky bee found its way in and told all her friends. There were hundreds of bees and yellow jackets in there. Suited up and removed the bees. The dearth is on... Temps have been in the mid to high nineties and I can't remember that last time it rained. That's odd for the Pacific NW. Everything is tinder dry.

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...

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