Went in today to check things. As I walked up to the hive, I sighed relief not seeing grubs or goo oozing out of the hive. (Some of the pics posted in this website as an example). I saw lots of bee's doing their thing. So far so good.... As I walk up to the hive, I see a SHB walking on the outside- not good..
First hive opened and low and behold, I end up killing about 10 beetles. I also see the bees actively grabbing (or trying to grab) them and fly them away. The beetles have wings like ladybugs. I've got good brood in the lower chambers and lots of activity. Without actually having a perfect way to count, I'd guess I see less beetles than last week in the first hive, but I am disturbed that there is no new build up in the empty new box I placed above the older one...hmm
Second hive, open the top and check the frames....new honey...go to lift the honey super off, wow- its heavy - Thats good too!I checked the empty hive body I added and sure enough they are building up the new frames. So that seems good. So I remain hopeful and optimistic. Seems like less beetles in the hive but it's strictly by guess.