Mrs Watson and I went to treat the bees for varroa this afternoon. we used a sugar solution mixed with a chemical called “Oxalic acid” which doesn’t harm the bees but kills the varroa mites.
You can see that the bees were all clustered together in a ball. This is to keep warm because it is such a cold day.
There will be a hole in the middle which the queen will be in to keep her warm. She will be doing almost nothing.
On the top there is icing sugar that they haven’t eaten which means they aren’t too hungry.