What the heck?! Practically all the nectar is gone, and there are barely any bees inside! The plus side of this equation is that the queen has loads of room to lay. But...but.. but... there's no honey! (lip quiver)
There aren't any signs of robbing, so my guess is that the colony has been dwindling for the past month while Her Majesty has been gearing up to lay eggs. Without enough foragers to keep the nectar rolling in, nurse bees have used up the nectar to feed larvae. Crikey. I'm kicking myself in the pants for not keeping on top of this colony better and letting it swarm. Dagnabbit. All my dreams of honey are gone, gone, gone. How will I overwinter???
I only peeked into the splits:
- Peach (14 bars) and Bubblegum (12 bars) have pretty much completely filled those nucs with comb and are busy capping honey.
- Elsa (15) bars is still bringing in nectar and working on capping comb. She seems on track for winter readiness.
- Buttercup has 9 bars of comb. Most of those are filled with brood. Feeling iffy about this one, but I supposed that she might still be able to get through winter.
|Some pollen on a bee|
All the bees seem to sense the days shortening and were bringing in lots of propolis in addition to nectar and pollen.
I didn't bother checking on The Beests. They seemed to be on track last Monday when I took a look-see. Fingers crossed for them.