The past several days have seen tremendously increased activity in the honey boxes. Our main honey flow usually comes in July, and that seems to be the case this year too. Clovers and trefoil are both peaking right now, and the temperatures are in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Pretty great honey-making conditions. Last night Alex and I both had bees flying intensely at almost 9 p.m. Here are some images I took a few days ago with honey filling the boxes. It is the same yard that appears a few posts earlier during the pollination period when many of the hives were singles.
Entire boxes covered with bees whiting the combs with fresh wax are a great sign. Most of the stronger hives are working at least two boxes in this manner at the moment.
The later splits are the only hives that still need to get into gear. While there is not yet a great crop, it is becoming more probable that we will at least have a decent result from this year’s beekeeping efforts.