I know the bees don't have to be in the hive for the treatment to work. I just do it at dusk because I find it easier to vape when there are fewer comings and goings. Just turned out that last night they were all hanging around outside anyway!makes no difference - The time I vape my hives coincides with whatever time I'm free to do it. No need to get all hung up about bees not being in the hive, I never close them in when I vape - they'll get a dose of the OA when they next get inside It's great seeing the bees merrily going about their business bringing in nectar and pollen and totally ignoring the puffs of OA vapour at the entrance.
Watched the bees returning a really good flow today. Noticed the odd drone still about returning to the hive and also the odd bee that’s been on the Himalayan balsam. I first saw them collecting Himalayan Balsam in mid August so surprised they are still finding it now in October. Does Himalayan balsam normally have a long season like this ?the title says it all
I applied some fondant to one of my colonies
If they are anything like mine, the air was black with lots of bees coming in bums down and a strong smell of Ivy in the air. My wife came for a tour of the bees today and she couldn't get over the traffic.I just went through a lovely apiary where I got the impression the bees were paddling hard ready to catch a big wave, not much shake but clumps of bees gathered in any space ready to build wax and really busy traffic with lots of ivy pollen coming in. Nothing needed a feed and I plan to go back with boxes of foundation to take advantage of the expected wave of nectar as the good weather builds. We'll see.