I have been busy with what little spare time I have building a new honey/well house (I will talk about in a later post) and so I'm about three weeks late in harvesting some honey. I didn't expect to get much this year as I started with only one hive and it swarmed this spring. I captured two swarms this year so hope to begin next year with three hives. When I inspected the old hive I found yellow-jackets and bald-faced hornets attacking the hive (they have been particularly numerous this year).
There were about three pounds of bees left and the bottom two boxes were empty except for a few guard bees. I reduced the hive down from six to three boxes and found no capped honey frames. Bald faced hornets had been killing and eating the honey bees and the yellow jackets were stealing the honey.
The honey bees were gathering nectar and pollen and all the drones had been kicked out ,but no honey for me this year.
I also found very little brood ( baby bees ) cells but this is often normal in the fall as the hive gets ready for winter.
A picture of one of the frames with only a few bees left on it.
It looks like I will be feeding the bees this year instead of them feeding me!