A great day for flying
The bees don’t get up early at this time of year, but on a warm February day(!) the sun warms the hives enough for them to venture out in numbers by mid-morning. I was surprised to see that even Queen Romaine’s hive, which was the quietest one during the first part of winter, has had a flurry of bees coming and going on recent warm days.
How nice to see the bees again. But I’d better hurry up and dig that pond before they start flying in earnest, else I’ll have to wear a veil to dig it.
Colonies in order of apparent busyness: Ottilie > Queenie > Mab > Peony > Romaine
The bees come out to forage on the spring flowers…
…and, to poo. It looks like Queen Mab’s colony have dysentry, as the front of the hive is spattered with brown marks.