Last visit of 2012

The temperature at 1:00 pm today was in the high 50s with bright sun and no wind, so a visit to the bee yard was in order. Found all but one hive had bees flying. To my surprise, I saw one bee with orange/red pollen land at the entrance and quickly enter her hive. I spent a good bit of time looking for more pollen-laden bees coming in but to no avail. What a great way to end 2012’s beekeeping year.

Activities for January will be to prepare frames for February when I will exchange old dark brood comb frames for new foundation and remove the bottom super. I have a different process for Spring super manipulation that I am going to initiate in late February.