Weather has continued to be very hot – temps around 24°C – 28°C. Cooler temperatures and more changeable conditions are forecast.
Forage: cow parsley and bramble seem to be main flowering crops. Plenty of activity and see no evidence of the June gap. Had to go through Emerald to stock Apideas and was surprised the 3rd super is over half full.
Queen rearing – started on 17th June with Cloake board and grafted larvae from Emerald and put into Denim.
19th June – removed Cloake board – bit concerned that the number of bees flying from Denim dropped off over the next few days.
24th – stocked 2 Apideas with bees from Emerald.
26th June – started to use the queen cells, only to discover swarm cells in 2 colonies I wasn’t expecting to – Flax & Honeydew. So used the queen cells in these colonies.
Split Emerald – left new colony on old site with queen cell. Moved old queen to new spot in apiary.
Will need to check all colonies in 4 days to see if queens have emerged as there was a lot of brace comb on the grafted frame, so not sure if the queens are viable and able to emerge.