Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This is the interior of the top bar hive - now renamed Minerva. Showing are the inside of the sloping sides, the screened bottom (with remnants of grease patty and leaves from the tree we found the swarm in), and a whole bunch of bees on their very own made by bees comb!
This view shows the bees walking about on the inside and on their comb on the third top bar (they have seemed to congregate towards the right side of the hive space). I started from the left side so the first two top bars were free of bees.
The bees were very calm.
Of course, the big question is where is the queen.
There she is! And, just by sheer luck, this photograph shows her laying an egg in a cell!
With my tiny experience with Langstroth hives and top bar hives, from the beginner's point of view, I think I prefer working the top bar hive. It's so straight forward and easy. We'll see if I still feel this way next Spring!