Pollen mite ?... this is one that was on my inspection tray in July.How envious am I!
Inspected boards as I had treated for varroa with a recipe sprayed on to the brood comb. Hive one board had varroa shell on it. I think the ants may have had them. Hive 2 had a funny looking mite that was so small it was difficult to see but movement betrayed it as a live creature, smaller even than red spider mite. Under a magnifying glass it looked nothing like varroa the body was a pale golden colour so small I could not count ther legs but could see it had antenea on a very small head in comparison to the body, it looked a little bit like a tik. Any Ideas?
Finished the job. All neat and tidy with new flooring and all frames Certan'd and hanging up to dry. Time to visit the polyhive sale.......Started the mega job of cleaning and tidying the bee shed.
Where did all the stuff come from? Why don't I put things away when I use them? Why is the floor so dirty? Why did I let it get to this?
Half done and laid some vinyl on the half I have cleared, looks smart and tidy. Next half today.
Not an unpleasant surrounding to work in as I could see the apiary and hear the ivy buzz.
EXACTLY the same, As I took the block out there was a "swarm" of blocked bees released.Just opened up entrances to stop queue. Never seen them so busy, even in spring.
Lots of ivy and orange pollen.
My Red Queen Unseen (after 3 months: it's getting embarrassing) is in a poly box and lays all over the place with no apparent harm. I wonder if this is a feature of poly because the temperature is easier to maintain over a larger area; does anyone else notice this?I fed both hives. in the poly nuc ... the queens pattern is still not great