There has been so much activity in the medieval kingdom (our bee hive that is) that I thought I better have my friend and mentor, Brett, come over and translate what is going on. It has been four months since we first got our hive.
After donning our suits and smoking the hive entrance to hide our intruding scents, we opened the roof. Fifteen slats were being filled with comb, honey, and brood.
The bees have capped the comb over the brood. The flat clearer cells are worker bees and the puffier cells that are lower on the comb are drones. The drones are the only boys in the hive. They have one job, make out with the queen. Come winter they shall be ousted from the kingdom. All the workers are girls. It is definitely a matriarchal society in this village.
We also can see honey in the frames closest to the door. We will save fifteen slats for the bees to get through winter. Hopefully we can get a little wild herb honey for our winter tea.