My first colony two years ago went gangbusters from the start, with lots of excess honey in the fall to share with humans. This year, my four colonies will be lucky to make it through the looming winter with enough honey. They need that energy to beat wings all day, all night, every day, clustered around the queen to keep her at 92 degrees even when it's 20-below outside. Good luck, Ms. Queen and all the attendants.
Here is how they looked on September 18, 2011, over three months after receiving the shipment from a new supplier in Nebraska:
|After 3 months, almost nothing to show.|
|Seem to be in no big hurry toward the white plastic frames.|
|But, they are avoiding these wood frames, too.|
|They seem to avoid the plastic frames, building upward to the feeder instead.|
|Bottom of feeder|
|Detail of feeder bottom|