It dried up enough for me to go around and check some bees today. It looks like they’re in pretty good shape considering we’ve had about twelve inches of rain in the past 10 days or so. There are some small storms moving through Iowa tonight that produced a dozen tornadoes, but fortunately I got missed by the bad weather this time.
Today I found a few hives working in their third honey box, but there are also still a good number that aren’t seriously in their first box. We really need a few good weeks of mostly sunny weather. We were briefly teased with forecasts in the upper 80s, but the new version has mostly 70s and very low 80s in it. Hope remains. Clover is still in good bloom, and soybeans are just starting to really open up.
I also stopped in and saw the swarm from the last post:
It had been several days, so I went on a queen hunt. You’ll get to see her drop an egg in a cell during this clip. Her attendants are very attentive also. I marked her with a green dot after the video ended, so she’ll be even easier to spot if we check in on her again. Though I don’t have many Italian hives, you’ll get to see a rather yellow specimen in this case.