|Hippolyte is hot, too. Though she's the only one doing any real bearding.|
My full-size hives, Persephone, Hippolyte, and Austeja, seem fine. Persephone, the laggard, has only 16 drawn bars of comb, and about a third of that was given to her when I installed her. Lazy freeloader.
The other two have about 22-24 bars and loads of brood. Austeja is the one that kept getting split, so I think she could've built out a lot more, but it is what it is. In any case, in my area, 15 bars full of honey is the recommendation for going into winter. They have enough drawn comb, so if they fill it up, they'll be fine.
|Brood comb from Hippolyte|
|Brood comb from recent split Elsa|
|Maybe I'm becoming more observant, but I'm getting better at spotting queens.|
|Here's a better pic of her. I think this is Austeja.|
Last week, our goldenrod started up. Last year, I left for vacation the last week of July, and it hadn't begun yet. When I came back two weeks later, it was just starting to bloom. That's three weeks difference in start time between this year and last! That's almost a month! Once again, I'm impressed by a beekeeper's need to be attuned to cues in nature rather than to work according to a strict calendar.
Hope you're enjoying your summer, too!