I've just been checking on the bees.
There seems to be quite a number of them coming in and out with white strips on the back of their heads.
I fairly certain that it's pollen.
Can anybody tell me (or have a guess) at what type it is?
just a quicky. dont forget petrol vapours (which the bees smell) are heavier than air and flow down and out.
I personaly wouldn't use petrol, people under estimate how dangerous it is. (I work with it).
It seems like the same old thing here, ask 4 beekeepers a question and you'll get 6 answers. Saying that, I do agree with Rab, because if you put mesh over the hole in the cb, the bees will propolis it up (that speaks volumes to me)...
sorry Oliver, Im new to this too. but won't all the bees including the queen cluster in the warmest part of the hive and if thats in a super on top of the bb then any brood would be left in the bb at the bottom?