|Ivy flowers about to open|
|The ivy flowers start to open.|
|These 'super' frames are in pristine mint condition with none|
of the wax 'foundation' drawn up into hexagonal honeycomb
|Top frame in this pic has drawn comb over all but only |
capped-off wax (white crinkly bits) on a small area. The bottom
frame is a bit better.
I was pretty sure I'd have no honey to harvest. Regular readers will know that I looked in a while back and saw two completely empty 'super' boxes containing frames of foundation wax like new, as if no bee had ever walked that box and none had started to draw up the hexagonal tubes of honeycomb. I put the lack of honey down to the wet and horrible June and July when the bees would have been unable to go out foraging and would have used up any stores ( gathered in April and May) keeping the larvae alive.
|Dark Irish workers on capped honey.|
|Arum berries in the local hedges.|