I am happy to report that there was only one little bit of burr comb on this hive and we decided to leave it. The bees are going to do what the bees are going to do. We'll make sure it stays straight on the frames, but those little bump outs are not worth messing the comb for.
Unless someone with a lot more experience tells me otherwise. Then I'll happily reconsider.
Hopefully there will be enough new bees fast enough to store a lot up for the winter. We'll see.
The larvae are large and white and curled around in the cell.
The honey is shiny. The capped honey has a smooth cap - different from the bumpy caps on the capped brood.
If you look closely you can see that the brood is capped with mini hexagons. [It's easier to see in the second pic at the top]
When we pulled apart some of the frames, the bees festooned in three places. It doesn't happen all the time and I'm always intrigued when it happens. I need to find out why they do that.
The very last frame was one we had repaired last week. The bees are doing their best to join it.
Almost there. Only a bee width away from joining.
We named her Liz X. You Doctor Who fans can explain why.
[We need a star whale hive....]