I retrieved the sticky board today, trying to see any varroa mites, and it looked pretty clear. I only left it in for 24 hours, but the bees had been making a real meal of it. I only found a couple of things which may have been mites, which pleases me no end.
On the other hand, today was a rainy day, never good to mess with hives, and so it proved. No stings for me, but the moment I grabbed the sticky board they went for me, trying to sting anything that moved – gloves, overalls, veil, gumboots. It was pretty nasty, my gloves getting about 10 or so stings.
I also found another hive, this time bumble bees. My Beloved picked up a container of soft toys, and it went BZZZZZZ. There were a few dozen cells, and another few dozen little bumbles, plus one big queen bee. As I pulled the cats, dogs, and donkeys apart, the bumbles got a bit agro, buzzed me, and chased Beloved back down the driveway. Funny. A bumblebee nest looks a lot like a bunch of smooth peanuts glued together. An interesting fact is that bumblebees used to be called humblebees, because of the hum they make. It was a character by Beatrix Potter (not Harry) which swung the name in favour of bumble, and the humblebee has been rarely heard of since the ’50s. Like big bands, and fins on cars.