We had been adding boxes almost every 10 days, but now that the majority of the nectar flow is passed, the bees are slowing down. They filled out most of the box, but they still have some space in all their boxes to build.
The reason why they are not building as fast is due partly to weather, as we have had a lot of rain. The other reasons are the bees are starting to wind down for the fall. Bees’ activity is based around the plant life and what plants are in bloom. In Minnesota, that means their busy season starts with the dandelions in the spring, and starts wrapping up around the time the rag weed blooms.
There will still be nectar and pollen for them to collect after that, but it will be very slow. The queen will stop laying eggs to replace foragers, and the hive will get ready for winter. But just because the bees are starting to slow down doesn’t mean the beekeepers get to relax. Once the ragweed is done blooming, we’ll have to extract the honey!