A wintery tale of two colonies
The first picture is from a colony obviously munching through its stores in an apiary exposed to winds.
The second picture shows a much less active colony in a more sheltered location with plenty of stores onboard.
Quantity of debris aside, there is one subtle, but significant and somewhat alarming difference: in amongst the second colony’s debris there were six dead varroa — and none in the first. I’m not happy to see a drop of six dead varroa in six days in winter. That is most unusual for my colonies.
I don’t like opening up colonies in winter, but the second will be inspected as soon as warmer conditions prevail! Varroa treatments will be at the ready!
(The debris is collected in a standard varroa screen.)
Turlough, Vita’s Guest Beekeeper Blogger
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