Saturday (9/4/2010) – After we completed the Sunshine Hive cutout we inspected three other hives today. First one is the Hayward Overhill Hive. Last reported they have slowed down, running into a dearth. But now they seem to be thriving again. I see a huge population of bees, some pollen and some honey stored above the brood, and they have started building a new comb on an empty foundationless frame. Very good signs.
First frame out we spotted the Queen. When I first opened up the feral colony in Hayward to hive them I knew this was a very strong family lead by a strong queen. The population is strong!
Check out her golden colors, making her easy to spot.
Another view of the Queen. Beautiful!
A frame loaded with bees and brood.
Another frame filled with worker and nurse bees.
Yet another frame of brood filled with bees on both sides.
What a cute little comb they have just started building on the guide of a foundationless frame.
With the next good flow this strong colony will thrive even further than before I removed them from the eve of the roof in Hayward, CA.