Its early September and I have noticed bees beginning to throw out pupae on a regular basis. These are then being predated by waiting wasps. its not a pleasant sight. Some of the pupae are clearly still alive.
I am not sure what has caused this behaviour but slightly colder weather coincided with me stopping feeding recently and this may have been the catalyst.
My other concern is that there is an increasing varroa mite count. Currently the drop is around 30-50 per day. So I might be seeing hygenic behaviour by the bees or the beginning of serious problem. Continue reading