Last week I was at Darebin Parklands checking queens from the nucs we made during our queen rearing workshop. I was working late into the evening watching the sky fill with daunting rain clouds (57 ml of rain the following day!) and preparing to shift the colonies back to Bendigo.
At 7:00pm, the girls were bringing in loads of pollen, resin collectors were abundant and there was a very heavy nectar shake. Needless to say, I did not shift the bees that night! Why would I?? They are filling up their boxes and getting ready to host another round of queens come the new year.