The warm weather that is!
It’s been a summer of dry weather, good forage and good matings which make a change from worrying about whether queens will be able get up and mate.
Now the honey is just about off, it is still being extracted and varroa treatment is on – well most hives anyway. We still have a few queens that need to mate – should be time – and we can get colonies ready for winter.
Compared to last year there is less sign of varroa – both in drone brood and in signs of deformed wings. I suspect that the ‘Beast from the East’ and a poor March resulted in a brood break that allowed the bees to rid themselves of varroa more than they would usually do. However it’s better to treat rather than leave varroa to multiply over the winter period.