Have not opened the hive since the end of August as the weather is still hot days, although the nights are cooling. There are still flowers about, but not much.
Go out with the dog around sundown and on the way home stop at the hive and see a lot of bees on the landing board, which tells me the hive is still hot with a large population of bees. They haven’t even begun to close up the hive opening yet, its still fully open.
Meanwhile, have mixed up some pollen substitute, but put it in the garden near the flowers rather than by the hive. Figure if they need it and can use it, they’ve got it. But don’t want to encourage them to keep up the egg laying thinking there is plenty of food as the winter approaches.