So, despite the fact that my last blog post was about the bee install, in real time, our busy bee ladies have now been in place for nearly four weeks. In that short amount of time, each hive has built 8-9 lovely white combs.
Other worker bees are busy filling each cell with pollen, which will be consumed by bee larvae after they hatch. I haven't been able to see the queen yet, but the fact that workers are bringing in pollen is generally taken as a sign that the queen is in there, laying eggs. Here's a video of a worker bee depositing some pollen into one of the cells (look for the bright orange pollen, in the middle, to figure out which bee it is):
Anyhow, as you can see, I'm enamored with these bees. I find their bee life so intricate and fascinating.
In closing, a bit of bee humor for you (courtesy of co-keepers Joe and Venessa, via Abstruse Goose):