I took out the sticky boards yesterday, they have been in since the last mite counting. The bees have obviously mostly been in the winter cluster because of the positioning of the debris on the bottom of the sticky boards. Have not had a chance to count these mites yet, but I will be doing that today and then setting the traps back in tomorrow to see if any more fall.
I am a keeper of records, I like to know exactly what is going on in the colonies as far as record keeping and so I count mites. I look like something from the alien world because I have a head apparatus that I strap on and it magnifies the board, I have a clicker on my left hand and click each time I see a mite, I have a little sharp pointer thing that I have so that I can move the mites if there are two together for more accuracy. Sometimes, like the last time, my thumb got kind of sore from so much clicking, hee, hee :) :)
So, I will post the results tomorrow morning. Some will find this the most boring thing on earth and some of you will love these accountings, I love to account things, so that is where I sit. Have a wonderful, beautiful, fantastic, and great day. Our sun is shinin' again. Cold -6 Celsius (21F), clear, also gonna look for those frost flowers that might be on some tree branches, any frost figures are not on the ground here, but on the tree branches. Those were beautiful frost flowers we saw posted on our forum. Ooops, almost called them snow flowers. Cindi