Ok, this is this newbee's first autumn/fall with honey bees and I've got a question. Hopefully, I can get my questions explained without too much confusion from me.
I've got a fairly strong, week old cutout in the backyard that I'm feeding syrup...fed a gallon of 1:1 and now I'm starting on 5:3. The 7-day forecast shows lows in the lower 60's and highs in the lower 80's with chances of rain on most days.
Will the bees normally draw comb if a nectar flow is on and they need somewhere to store it...regardless of time of year? In this case we're talking sugar syrup along with a goldenrod flow going on. Is building comb more "time of year" dependent or more dependent upon "needs"?
I'm a little concerned that the bees may be back-filling the areas of cut-out brood comb that they emptied of larvae a day or two after the cutout and may be cramping the queen's laying space. We've got 53% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, but I'm hoping I can inspect the hive at some point...it will have been basically 10 days since we hived them.
Bottom line questions... Will bees draw comb okay during autumn if resources are available and comb needed? Does time of year affect comb building to a great degree?
Comments and suggestions are welcomed!!!!!!!!!!!