Our oldest granddaughter is all fitted out to help me check out the state of my bee-hives, and possibly harvest honey.The 'Leaning Tower Of Beeza'. The placing of this hive was not my choice. We had some empty old hive boxes sitting here until I could get around to cleaning and storing them. A swarm of bees from somewhere else decided this would be the perfect home for them.
In the top box the bees are bringing in honey but very little is capped yet. The honey in the cells of the honeycomb needs to be capped with wax by the bees before harvesting. Bees won't cap the honey until the honey is at the proper moisture level, about 18%.