Doug Hardwick has sent us the pictures of what he found earlier this month when he inspected one of his hives and fed the bees. Here’s what he wrote:

The first pictures show one of my hives and all of the propolis at the entrance.

Interesting question: Since we know that ventilation is important, and many people use screened bottom boards, why would bees do this to themselves on a solid bottom board?

Other pictures show this feed, a mixture of sugar, bee-pro (a pollen substitute) sugar syrup and honey b healthy. They obiously seem to like it. First pics are about 30 minutes after feeding. The last: 24 hours after feeding.

Thanks, Doug.

Propolis in entrance

See more pictures on the article page.

30 minutes after feeding

24 hours after feeding