|Don works on the bees|
Yesterday afternoon, I went outside and found Don checking on the bees. During the heat of summer, here in Florida, the bees have to be watched, as there aren't as many sources of nectar and pollen available. He supplies them with syrup and a pollen substitute when needed. They seem to have enjoyed the overcast, cooler days we had this week and have been busy working away.
|Capped brood cells|
|building wax cells for our future honey harvest!|
The upper box he added a couple of weeks ago has lots of wax build up. This is where they'll be putting all their honey reserves. We don't expect as much honey in the fall as we do in spring after the orange blossoms and spring crops arrive. Since this is our first year keeping bees, it's all new to us. We are happy we've managed to keep them alive and well through the summer.
Even the White House has a beekeeper working on a nice stack of boxes. I'm dreaming of the day we harvest our honey like they did in this video!