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It is a beautiful day up here in New England. Temps in the 70s, the sun is shining. . . and it's time for my second hive inspection:thumbsup:

While one hive is definitely stronger than the other; both hives seem to be doing well. I did see quite a few ticks on the 1st hive. We certainly have our fair share of ticks around here. Are they drawn to hives?


The first hive hasn't drawn out 8 frames yet. More like 6.5 or so
Beehive Apiary Pollinator Insect Arthropod

But one I got in a frame or two I could see eggs, larve, and capped comb!
Pollinator Yellow Natural material Insect Arthropod

I'm not sure if I should have, but I gave one of the frames a quick shake to see what the pattern looked like.
Beehive Apiary Honeycomb Pollinator Insect

I found the queen in both hives too
Beehive Apiary Pollinator Honeycomb Arthropod

Still no stings although I'm sure they're coming my way at some point.
 

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Never heard of ticks on bees, are you sure they weren't mites?
If you were wondering if shaking frames hurts brood, it won't. You don't want to shake a frame with queen cells on it, they'll get damaged.
 

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Thanks Omie,

dr., The ticks were on the hive body, not the bee's bodies. One was on the landing, and a couple more were on out outside of the hive.
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They were definitely ticks. We have them here in abundance.


BTW,

is this capped honey in this frame?

Plant Botany Glove Wood Pollinator
 

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