At around 3PM I met up with him and we headed up to the apiary together. Upon arrival we suited up and lit the smoker then headed into the apiary. The first job I did was remove the varroa board and scrape the contents into a box so I could do a varroa count later on. After that I handed the camera over to him and asked if he would take photos as I went.
|First I took the roof off|
|Next I removed the super and put it to one side exposing the Queen excluder|
|Then the Queen excluder was removed, making sure the Queen wasn't on the underside|
|I then removed the plastic dummy board|
|The first frame with capped stores|
|The capped cells in this one are worker brood|
|Queen Beeatrix with her entourage|
|Me and a Bee inspecting a frame|
|Holding the hive tool so it's at hand when needed|
|I tried to remove as much of the excess comb on the top of the frames|
|A frame from the supers|
|Capped honey stores|
|Looking into a super|
After we had checked all the frames in both the supers and the brood chamber I added another super so there are now 2 supers on the hive; this gives the Bees plenty more room to store honey as there is a good honey flow on at the moment.
When I had dropped my visitor off I returned home and poured the contents from the varroa floor onto a sheet of white paper and counted the mites on there. I counted 14 mites and then using the calculator on the Beebase website I got the following information:
Average Daily Mite Fall = 2.0 varroa mites
Estimated number of adult varroa mites in the colony = 80
Treatment is recommended in about 2 month(s) time (counting from day of first monitoring).