BP Hive Has Brood and Bringing In Pollen

The Blue and Purple hive is doing well. Today I saw more capped brood and I even saw eggs that weren't there since the last time I checked on them a week ago.

The queen must be taking advantage of the unusually warm (50-60*F) days we had this past week and is working on increasing her colony size.

I noticed they had used almost all of their resources in the frames they were laying brood into, so I moved some of the frames full of honey from the other side of the hive next to the brood nest.

I was very careful not to separate any of the brood nest and only scooted full frames of honey next to the brood.

I think the next time I visit them I might switch the top and bottom boxes around and also maneuver frames of honey above the colony since they don't seem to like to move latterly to get at it.

While I was there I noticed a half dozen bees with pollen on them walking around the 10th frame, where I typically see them store pollen.

I've highlighted some of the bees I saw carrying pollen in yellow circles below.

Below is a close up of some of the bees with pollen.

I'm not very good at determining the source of pollen just by it's color, so if anyone has any guesses at what it might be that's producing a soft yellow/beige color pollen at the first week of February in the St. Louis region, I'd love to know.  :)

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Holly says...
Date:   February 11, 2013, 1:25 pm

Hey!  I just checked my hive today and the bees are also bringing in yellow pollen!  I have no idea what is flowering right now in West Virginia.

Holly says...
Date:   February 11, 2013, 7:31 pm

I did a little research today and coltsfoot is a very early spring flower beginning around February.  It primarily grows in wet areas and along roads.  I haven't seen any flowers in WV, but I thought perhaps this may help you in your quest!

Chris (Show Me The Honey) says...
Date:   February 11, 2013, 8:54 pm

Thanks for the heads up about Coltsfoot!

I just found this fascinating Wikipedia entry for Pollen Sources. It lists various seasons, what's generally in bloom and how beneficial it is to bees!

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