I spent a little time checking on my bees yesterday. The honey flow is in full swing and my bee community is very busy drawing out comb and filling the cells with honey.
I fully admit that they are a tad behind as I started out using a queen excluder. This is a screen type device that is placed between the brood boxes and the honey super. Designed to permit the worker bees into the honey super and keep the queen out, it was just not working in my case. When the queen stays out of the honey super, then she cannot lay eggs there. You just don't want eggs/hatching brood in your honey. There is some difference of opinion in the beekeeping community about whether using an excluder is the best choice. Some beekeepers feel like it keeps all of the bees from working the honey. In my case no one wanted to go through the device to work in the honey super.
So, I removed it from the hive and I cannot even describe how fast the bees began drawing out the comb.
And, they still like to hang out on their front porch in the hot afternoon. This is known as, "bearding".
After tending the bees I took a peek into the garden and ended up filling my wagon with some fresh produce.
Tomatoes and squash are on the menu tonight.