First inspection in May and the weather has continued to be unseasonable – cold and wet with temperatures struggling to get above 10C. The forecast is for more of the same.
The bees were very ratty and I got stung a few times. Also it’s now noticeable that the bees are going through what little stores they have managed to put away. Another worrying factor is that generally the queens have slowed down their egg laying and there’s not a lot of unsealed brood in quite a few colonies. Overall disappointing, very little progress to report for the various colonies.
Moved the Lime nuc back to the home apiary.
Apidea – still has sealed queen cell.
Flowering: Same as last week – Cistus, horse chesnut and apple