Went along to check on a hive at the Earthsong, which is an Eco-Neighbourhood project based in Ranui in West Auckland. For more information about this project please check out their web site http://www.earthsong.org.nz
It seemed like a great place indeed very peaceful with loads of gardens about. Conny had asked us to come and perform the yearly AFB (American Foul Brood) check on her hive.
All beekeepers in New Zealand must have their hives inspected by a DECA certified Beekeeper by 30 November each year. We are both DECA certified.
The hive had a new Queen that we spotted today, Conny believed the last one left with a swarm a few weeks back.
We managed to spot the Queen who looks Great:-
I checked all the brood frames from any sign of AFB, but none was located. Did open up a Drone Brood Cell and look what I found:-
So it looks like the hive has Varroa mites, at some point it seems the hive may have had a drone layer as some frames were covered in Drones.
It was great to see some emerging working bees, so hopefully the hive will build up its numbers and become a strong hive for Conny.